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Nintendo and Pokémon GO creators Niantic develop new augmented reality game

By Yasmine Jacobs Time of article published Mar 23, 2021

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The augmented reality world is set to reach new heights as Nintendo and the creators behind Pokemon GO phenomenon Niantic joined forces to develop a new AR game based on the Pikmin franchise.

“To kick off the partnership, Niantic and Nintendo are developing an app based on the Pikmin franchise. The app will include gameplay activities to encourage walking and make walking more delightful. Slated to launch later this year, this will be the first title created by our Tokyo Studio since it was established in April 2018,” said Niantic in a statement.

More details on the game remain unknown but more information is promised to be revealed in the coming months.

The app is scheduled to launch globally later in 2021, with Niantic as the publisher. The title will also be the first title created by Niantic Tokyo Studio, Niantic’s development studio established in April 2018.

“As we continue to expand our games portfolio, it was a natural next step to team up with Nintendo,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic. “We’re looking forward to shaping the future of AR together, bringing Nintendo’s beloved game characters to life for mobile game players around the world.”

“Niantic’s AR technology has made it possible for us to experience the world as if Pikmin are secretly living all around us”, said Shigeru Miyamoto, Representative Director, Fellow, Nintendo. “Based on the theme of making walking fun, our mission is to provide people a new experience that’s different from traditional games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life.”

Players and fans who want to get in on the fun can pre-register at www.nianticlabs.com/newappsignup.


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