Pokemon Go footage leaked from SXSW

by: John DyeMarch 21, 2016

The hype surrounding Pokemon Go will see it being either one of the biggest mobile games of all time or one of the biggest gaming disappointments of all time, largely depending on how microtransactions are handled. Although we didn’t get any more information regarding that crucial little detail this week, we did get a peek at actual Pokemon Go footage in which some lunatic captures a Ivysaur with a Masterball. What a waste!

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For those who have been marooned on an island Tom Hanks style or who are perhaps Amish teens on Rumspringa, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality mobile game that is basically every 90’s kid’s fantasy come true – barring genetically engineered Pikachu companions. The game lets you view your world through a Pokemon-populated lens. Users can travel the world to capture new kinds of Pokemon and battle with other players in real time.


Concerns have been raised over the game’s model. Pokemon Go is free to play, meaning that it’s aiming to make cash through microtransactions. Some worry that this could cripple the game’s potential by strong-arming fans into paying over loads of money to play the game as much as they would like to. Unfortunately, the video above doesn’t give us anything to go on in that regard, but some are speculating that the little crystal icon in the corner of the screen might indicate some form of in-game currency.

Are you excited about Pokemon Go, or does “cautious optimism” better describe your attitude? How could this game get it right, and how could they totally blow it? Let us know your predictions and your take on this leaked video in the comments below!

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  • Brian Jones

    It seems we might have to pay for different types of poke balls from what I’m seeing

  • doPe_Monster

    I think that crystal mentioned is the compass, not currency.

  • Rinatus

    So it works with your camera constantly working? That’s gonna be a battery killer (Your phone will become a great hand warmer tho)

    • Krackle, Puff’s Cousin

      It’s just like Ingress.

    • Krackle, Puff’s Cousin

      It’ll be just like Ingress.

  • That’s an Ivysaur. But I’m excited to see how the game turns out.

    • John Dye

      My shame blots out the sun. Where do I need to turn in all my gym badges?

      Thanks for catching that! Fixed it.

      • *holds out hand* *in British accent: “Right here sir.”*, *walks off with we’ smirk* hmph…

        Just kidding, lol.

        But great, you fixed it.

  • pandicul

    i just saw the game say nice throw.
    does that mean if you dont swipe straight, we might miss our hit with the pokeball on the pokemon ?

  • JF

    “What a waste” would be if this was only a collecting game like on the video, without fighting…

  • eddnav

    Looks so lame, mobile and games = recipe for disaster.