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New augmented reality features on the way to Pokemon GO

Posted on December 20, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in Mobile, News

Niantic is boosting Pokemon GO with some new functionality. If you have a device that’s running iOS 11 on iPhone 6s or newer, you’ll be able to experience AR+.

AR+ allows for all sorts of improvements and features. For example, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, and they’ll run away if they become aware of the Trainers getting too close.

Here’s the full lowdown on AR+ in Pokemon GO from Niantic:

Trainers, Get ready for even more realistic Pokémon encounters: AR+ is coming to Pokémon GO! AR+ leverages Apple’s ARKit framework to build on the AR work already implemented in Pokémon GO. Soon, Trainers around the world running iOS 11 on iPhone 6s and newer models can experience AR+ in Pokémon GO.

Scale: With AR+, Pokémon are now fixed to a point in space, meaning you can walk up close to a Pokémon to see to how they’ll look in the real world. Imagine looking up at a massive Onix or walking around a gigantic Snorlax blocking your path! This feature brings us one step closer to truly realizing Pokémon the way they are supposed to be represented in the real world. Pokémon GO AR photos will never be the same again!

Awareness: Pokémon will run away if they become aware of the Trainers getting close, so be careful. You can sneak up close to earn an Expert Handler bonus, but think twice before running right up to that Charizard! You’ll need to be extra cautious so you don’t scare it away. An awareness meter will appear next to the Pokémon, and if the meter fills up, the Pokémon will flee. If it does, you can try tapping on the tall grass nearby, which may cause the Pokémon to reappear and give you an additional chance to catch it.

Expert Handler Bonus: Think you have what it takes to be an expert Pokémon handler? While in AR+ mode, you’ll finally have the chance to prove it! If you’re able to catch a Pokémon while in close proximity, you’ll have a better chance at earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, as well as an all-new Expert Handler bonus that awards even more XP and Stardust.

This is our first step toward making AR capabilities in Pokémon GO even more awesome, opening up the framework for greater AR experiences in the future. As you explore your local neighborhoods, remember to share your AR+ photos of your encounters on social media with the hashtag #PokemonGOarplus. And be sure to always stay aware of your surroundings and make sure you’re safe while in AR+ mode. We’d love to see all of your new adventures as they unfold.


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  • StrawhatEevee

    This is just more annoying. We want changes that make the game more fun; not frustrating. Where’s trading? Mewtwo/Mew/Celebi? Ways to differentiate the Pokemon in our areas? Ways to make raiding more feasible in rural areas? I’m lucky enough to have decent spawns where I work, but if you live in a rural area, come across a Charizard or something, you shouldn’t have to worry about it running away because you got too close in addition to worrying about it running away during the capture. It’s like Niantic is on a quest to ruin one of the world’s most popular ips.

    • T0KY0M00N

      It’s a risk/reward type system. It sounds like it’s only if you’re using AR+ mode as well, so if you don’t want to risk them running, don’t use AR mode. I think the majority of people don’t even use AR, and the exp reward probably won’t be that worthwhile anyways.

      • StrawhatEevee

        It’s good if it can be turned off. I wouldn’t assume it can be, given it’s Niantic, but my larger concern is why they are bothering allocating resources to this at all when there’s so many other things they’ve already promised that people actually want.