The developer of the most popular AR game Pokémon Go, Niantic, has announced a partnership with Nintendo. And Pikmin will be the first AR game to release from this partnership. Also, the collaboration revolves around developing new mobile AR apps.
Developed and published by Nintendo in 2001, Pikmin is one of the best real-time strategy puzzle games. Now, the upcoming Pikmin AR game will be based on the same franchise.
What is a Pikmin?
‘Pikmin’ are small, multicolored, and intelligent plant-animal hybrid creatures living on an Earth-like planet. Furthermore, Pikmins are differentiated with their colors. The colors of a Pikmin signifies its abilities. For example, a red-colored Pikmin has the ability to resist fire.
The latest release in the Pikmin series is Pikmin 3 Deluxe, released on October 30, 2020.
More Details On Pikmin AR Game
Although, Niantic hasn’t revealed many details about the upcoming AR game. But, as stated in the press release, “with gameplay activities designed to encourage walking and make the activity more enjoyable,” Pikmin will feature in-game mechanics similar to Pokemon Go.
“Niantic’s AR technology has made it possible for us to experience the world as if Pikmin are secretly living all around us,” said Shigeru Miyamoto, Nintendo’s representative Director. “Based on the theme of making walking fun, our mission is to provide people a new experience that’s different from traditional games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life,”
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Moreover, Pikmin will be the first AR game developed by Niantic’s Tokyo studio, a fairly new studio established in 2018. “The first in a series of apps that the two companies will develop together, the title is designed to make walking more fun,” said Nintendo. Hopefully, we can see other AR games from the partnership soon.
The Pikmin AR game is set to release later this year, but it doesn’t have a particular official release date. However, you can pre-register for Pikmin AR to get all the details on the game’s developments.