Pokémon Go and Ingress developer Niantic is working with Nintendo on new apps that can mix real-world augmented actuality (AR) know-how and Nintendo’s steady of characters. The primary recreation coming as a part of the partnership is an AR recreation primarily based on Pikmin.
Nintendo mentioned in a information launch Monday that Niantic’s tackle Pikmin will function gameplay that can “encourage strolling and make the exercise extra pleasant.” The app will launch in 2021. It’s being developed by Niantic’s Tokyo studio, which was established in 2018.
“As we proceed to broaden our video games portfolio, it was a pure subsequent step to group up with Nintendo,” mentioned John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, mentioned in a information launch. “We’re wanting ahead to shaping the way forward for AR collectively, bringing Nintendo’s beloved recreation characters to life for cell recreation gamers world wide.”
“Niantic’s AR know-how has made it potential for us to expertise the world as if Pikmin are secretly residing throughout us,” added Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto. “Based mostly on the theme of constructing strolling enjoyable, our mission is to supply individuals a brand new expertise that’s totally different from conventional video games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will turn into a accomplice in your life.”
This yr will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Pikmin franchise, which launched on Nintendo’s GameCube in late 2001. Nintendo re-released Pikmin 3, initially a Wii U recreation, for Nintendo Swap in fall 2020 as Pikmin 3 Deluxe.
Niantic discovered unbelievable success with the launch of Pokémon Go in 2016, which constructed upon the corporate’s Ingress AR recreation platform. The corporate launched a brand new AR recreation primarily based on the Harry Potter IP, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, in 2019, and is growing or co-developing titles primarily based on the Catan board video games and a companion for Pokémon Go referred to as Pokémon Sleep.
Nintendo has experimented with cell video games lately, with various ranges of success. The corporate’s cell slate contains Tremendous Mario Run, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Fireplace Emblem Heroes, Mario Kart Tour, Dr. Mario World, and Dragalia Misplaced.