Nintendo fans really had reason to get excited about the Apple Special Event yesterday. Not only did Shigeru Miyamoto introduce Super Mario Run at the event, but the CEO of the development studio Niantic, John Hanke, announced that Pokémon GO was going to come out for Apple Watch. Apple’s device will allow players to discover Pokémon that are close-by. Whenever a monster appears, the smartwatch will send out a notification. It will also allow players to make use of PokéStops without taking out their phones and collect the items. Catching a Pokémon will still require the phone however. The smartwatch does share some useful information with its users. It tells players how many experience points they require to level up, how much further they have to walk to hatch an egg, and how many calories they have burned from walking around.
Pokémon GO is scheduled to launch on Apple Watch before the end of the year. Impatient players can purchase the Pokémon GO Plus instead. The additional device is supposed to come out this month.
Hanke also revealed how successful Pokémon GO has been since its launch. According to him, the app has been downloaded more than 500 million times. The entire community has walked a total of more than 2.8 billion miles. The studio is not looking to rest on its laurels. John Hanke has hinted at the fact that the studio is already working on some other projects. We can’t wait to find out which ones.
Source: Apple Special Event