Gaming's trendsetters and tastemakers have declared #PokemonGO to be officially over, even though news reports testify to the public still finding the Augmented Reality #Pokemon app dangerously addictive.
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There are still a whole lot of Pokémon fans out there that love Pokémon GO, but players are getting legitimately bored of it because it lacks a crucial element of the Pokémon experience—namely, the ability to fight Pokémon battles with your rivals. So far Niantic's app remains resolutely pacifist.
Pikachu, I choose you!
This could all be about to change, however, as developer KennyWdev dropped an eye-popping video of an actual AR Pokemon battle game for the HoloLens augmented reality kit. The trailer teases a fully realized RPG style Pokémon battle system, including the selection of different moves, familiar to anyone who's played the regular Pokémon game series.
The old school joy of meeting a friend and connecting your Game Boys for a Pokémon battle is finally getting the AR tech upgrade we've all been waiting for. Kenny calls his game PokéLens (although he might have to change that, since it's already used for a commercial product), and you can see it in action in the video below.
Pikachu VS Pidgey in PokéLens AR battle
Look at Kenny's YouTube profile and you'll see he's actually been working on this project for at least 8 months, anticipating the demand for Pokémon GO by a long shot. I'm sure the many thousands of fans who play Pokémon GO would love this feature to be added to Niantic's app, but without a license from GameFreak to make official Pokémon games, it's unlikely that Kenny's creation will be integrated into Pokémon GO.
So how can I play this?
Well, I've got good news and I've got bad news for you. The good news is that Kenny has promised to drop a download for this game soon, probably on the HoloLens reddit page. The bad news is that you'll have to shell out for a Microsoft HoloLens, which is currently retailing for around 3000$ on their website. That's a lot of moolah, and is mainly pitched at developers and companies for the time being.
Apart from the steep asking price for the HoloLens, the other potential roadblock is Nintendo's hostility towards fan made creations, even when they're not for profit. Last year Nintendo caused outcry from disappointed fans when they shut down a free popular fan creation that recreated Mario 64 in the Unity engine, and it could be that they will be similarly unfriendly towards unlicensed Pokémon games.
Best case scenario, of course, is that they would notice the potential of this PokéLens creation. Only time will tell, but it's inarguable that this is the next logical step in the evolution of the Pokémon AR game. Please Nintendo, let this one live.
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