At Apple’s iPhone 7 keynote today, Niantic CEO John Hanke announced that the company’s popular AR game Pokémon Go is coming to the Apple Watch.
The app will allow players to engage with the location-based game without having to open the app on their phone to detect nearby Pokémon, gyms and other locations.
It’ll notifiy wearers when they’re close to a Pokémon, and also display walking and running stats like distance and calories burned. But bear in mind, when you’re close to a Pokémon, you’ll have to whip out your phone to try and catch it.
The company noted that players have walked more than 4.6 billion kilometers while playing the game. It’ll come to the Apple Watch before the end of the year.
In addition, the Pokémon Go Plus wearable, which pairs with your phone via Bluetooth to allow you to interact with the game, will become available on September 16. In addition to keeping you plugged into the game, it’ll allow you to collect new items and catch Pokémon by clicking the button on it, and it’ll use its lights and vibration motor to alert you if there are Pokémon hiding nearby.
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