Well, that came sooner than expected. Niantic CEO John Hanke held a panel at SXSW 2016 earlier today called “The Future Of AR Is Already In Your Pocket,” at which he shared a first look at the augmented reality game.
Within a short recording that has surfaced online, Hanke can be heard reiterating that Pokémon will live in the habitats that they prefer – whether that be land or sea. He then encounters an Ivysaur outside the Austin Convention Center, which he fails to catch with a Poké Ball and therefore has to sacrifice a Master Ball.
Pokémon GO field tests were recently announced for Japan, which will allow a limited number of players to test the app before it launches worldwide.