While Niantic Lab may have canceled their talk and subsequent gameplay show off at GDC for their upcoming Pokemon GO mobile game in exchange for additional development time before showing it off, the company did break the game out for a quick gameplay preview at SXSW 2016.
In a video that was recorded by YouTuber Eric F, who happened to be in the SXSW talk where Pokemon GO was being previewed, we get to check out some of the early stages of what the gameplay will look like when we walk around in the real world trying to catch Pokemon. While we do get to see the overall map, as well as a Pokemon appearing in the ‘wild’ and its subsequent capture, we don’t get to see anything else with the gameplay.
Another thing that is interesting is that there really doesn’t seem to be much in the way of strategy when it comes to capturing a Pokemon. You just seem to ‘throw’ your Pokeball until it captures it. No pre-capture battle to weaken it or anything like that. Granted this is a very early look at the gameplay, so that could certainly change. It is a bit concerning though.
Whatever the case may be, we will keep following the development of Pokemon GO. In the meantime, you can check out the gameplay video above.
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