When Pokemon Go was first unveiled on July 6, 2016, it was one of the most popular mobile augmented reality games of its time. That said, we’re unlikely to see another game that will surpass Pokemon Go’s popularity anytime soon.
But why is that? This article will explain what makes Pokemon Go so popular and why we might not see another game like this that might outdo it. That being said, let’s take a closer look, shall we?
What made Pokemon Go so popular in the first place?
Pokemon Grandpa walking around town with around 75 phones running Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go was popular because it offered a unique gaming experience compared to most of the mobile games available in the market. The game uses smartphone geolocation to track, capture, train wild Pokemon, claim items from Pokestops, and stage Pokemon Battles in Pokemon Gyms when players are near them.
In addition to using the phone’s geolocation, the game also uses AR technology to make the Pokemon characters appear to be right in front of you. With that in mind, the game encourages players to physically move around the map to interact with the world of Pokemon Go.
You can join Raid Battles with up to 20 Trainers!
You can also participate in gym battles!
Another reason Pokemon Go remains so popular is that the Pokemon games before it had a huge success since their first game released in 1996. Plus, the animated series had an equally large following. With that in mind, when Pokemon Go was officially launched for the first time in 2016, the game was downloaded over 10 million times in the first week and reached over 1 billion downloads in 2019.
Pokemon Go has also incorporated several multiplayer events into the game, such as attacking a Pokemon Gym or Pokemon Raid boss, which require up to 20 players to facilitate the event or raid. As a result, players are more likely to invite their friends over so that they can play together.
There have been a lot of games like Pokemon Go since then, but none of them came close
Some of the AR games released after Pokemon Go
After the release of Pokemon Go, many other AR games were released as well, such as Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, The Witcher: Monster Slayer, The Walking Dead: Our World, and more. However, none of them were as popular or successful as Pokemon Go.
Taking it a step further, Pokemon Go was so popular that it attracted and convinced non-Pokemon fans to try the game for themselves. In addition, the Pokemon universe is not very complicated and it is also suitable for children, making it a popular multiplayer game to play with and among family members.
Why won’t we see another AR game as good as Pokemon Go?
Another factor as to why we might not see a mobile AR game that could surpass the popularity of Pokemon Go is that games like this require the player to physically move from location to location (which might not not be possible due to the ongoing pandemic). Developing a location-based game is not easy because there are a lot of things to consider.
For example, game developers need to consider how fast a low budget cell phone will load the game and how accurate its GPS is. If the game is not optimized for particular phones, it could give the player an unfair advantage (as they can interact with objects much further away) or they could experience issues that could make the game unplayable (like your phone hanging or frozen).
Some phones may have trouble loading a lot of geographic data quickly
Not only that, but cheaper devices can also struggle to load and store all geographic data and information quickly, which could drastically affect the gaming experience for the user. Previously, there were also issues like players pushing the game too far, like playing while driving, trespassing on private property, and there were even a few deaths as a result.
That said, the most important determining factor for the success of an AR game comes down to the franchise’s fan base. The Pokemon world has not stopped growing as new Pokemon games, anime and content continue to arrive without having to rely on Pokemon Go. This makes it even more likely for new Pokemon fans to try Pokemon Go itself. if they may never have tried it before.
When Pokemon Go was announced, fans were excited to live out their dream of being a Pokemon trainer and since AR games were relatively new, they also attracted many early adopters. Even after celebrating its 5th anniversary, the game shows no significant drop in popularity, mainly because there is no other game like this on the market and for the reasons listed above, it is unlikely that there never is.
Still, while we’re here, what brand or world do you think would make a good AR game to dethrone Pokemon Go? Digimon? Magic: The Gathering? I, for one, wouldn’t mind trying out a Star Wars mobile augmented reality game if I could do lightsaber duels or hunt bounties with my real friends (hint, hint … Disney) But what do you think? Let us know on our Facebook page and for more updates like this stay tuned to TechNave.com.