ByKatie Granger, writer at
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Katie Granger

So Pokemon GO is looking pretty exciting right about now, isn't it? Even though we don't yet have a solid release date for the upcoming augmented reality (AR) game, president and CEO of the Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihar, has confirmed that it will be hitting Japan, North America, and Europe first, followed later by other regions.

'Pokémon GO'

An AR mobile game for iOS and Android, the aim of Pokémon GO is to allow players to interact with, catch and train virtual Pokémon in real world locations and surroundings - and if that doesn't excite you then clearly you have no soul left to give.

The launch trailer (above) landed a few months back and was met with near universal excitement. Certainly it's impressive to look at – especially for those who grew up alongside the evolution of the Pokémon games and spent childhoods longing for something like this.

Pokémon GO is being developed by Google start up Niantic Inc, who previously smashed the AR mobile demographic with their critically lauded, location portal based game Ingress. And building on their previous success is the upcoming Pokémon game, perhaps the most anticipated mobile game ever.

What we know of the specifics of Pokémon GO has been well documented by this point as we wait for new information to be released by Nintendo and game developers Niantic Inc., but it turns out that new information might be coming our way sooner than expected...

The 2016 Game Developers Conference

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) – which takes place this year in San Francisco from the 16 - 18 March 2016 – is an annual expo showcasing (you guessed it) video game development from all across the globe. And this year Niantic CEO John Hanke will be taking to the stage in a Summit session entitled: 'Catch 'Em All: Pokémon GO and Real World Gaming' as part of their Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit.

According to the official GDC website Hanke's talk – which they describe as "Pokémon GO deconstructed" – will explore the development of the game, as well as going over some of the finer points of the mechanics themselves:

"Hanke aims to offer attendees an in-depth look at how players are interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokemon GO, the collaborative approach to design and development for the game, and what Niantic (which also developed Ingress) sees as the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences."

It's not an official press release or anything though, so don't get too excited as it seems unlikely that this talk would glean such details as, say, the release date. No, such a bold announcement will likely be in the hands of Nintendo, Game Freak and Creators - the shareholders of the Pokémon copyright and IP, and the driving forces behind The Pokémon Company itself.

However looking at the mechanics behind the development should certainly give us a stronger idea of what we can expect to see when it finally gets a release date, so watch this space!

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