Pokémon GO successfully brought the idea of augmented gameplay to the world through mobile devices. Excitedly, a new take on this format is in development called PokéLens, which uses Microsoft’s HoloLens to provide new level of interaction.
Developer KennyWdev has taken the idea of Pokémon GO and enhanced the gameplay in several exciting ways, allowing actual Pokémon battles to take place right in front of your eyes on the HoloLens.
What Is HoloLens?
For those not familiar with the HoloLens, it’s a Microsoft headset that displays holographic images that merges digital and physical realities into one augmented world of immersion.
Mixed reality blends holograms—your 3D digital content—into your physical world. Virtual reality immerses you in a simulated world. Augmented reality overlays digital information on top of your real world. By understanding your environment, mixed reality enables holograms to look and sound like they’re part of your world.
Sounds fancy I know, but what is so imaginative about this technology is that you can interact with your Pokémon beyond the limitations presented in Pokémon GO.
PokéLens Brings Battle or Capture Gameplay
Like any decent Pokémon battle, you can either KO your adversaries or choose to capture them, the choice is yours. The options available in the demo include:
- Quick Attack
- Thunder Shock
- Iron Tail
At this stage the demo version is limited to only Pikachu and Pidgey, however the idea that you could strategize your battles with a series of attacks is a big step forward.
Did I Mention You Can Also Use Voice Commands?
Yeah that’s right, to allow you that additional layer of gameplay immersion, you also have the option to communicate with your Pokémon through voice commands. This level of interaction will only enhance the intuitive synergy of real world Pokémon battles.
The other upside is that you are already breathing, so this level of exertion required to speak should be manageable, haha. The fact that players will no longer have to look through their mobile devices will at least for the most part, improve Pokémon players postures too.
Does This Mean The End of The Pokémon GO Apocalypse?
I think developer KennyWdev could be on to something here with the option for gamers to battle at the time and place of their choosing. The herd type gatherings of Pokémon Go players has been one of the main criticisms of the game, with many comparing such imagery to zombies out of The Walking Dead.
The practicality of millions of people wearing the HoloLens I think remains the main hurdle for such a reality to come to fruition. Overtime, as products like the HoloLens become more mainstream, the application of augmented reality will be an exciting one. Imagine PokéLens being expanding to games like Pokémon Sun and Moon - oh the possibilities....
What do you think, can you see yourself battling on PokéLens?