Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Pokemon GO update adds improved AR features on iOS devices

Pokemon GO Possible to sneak up on Pokemon now
Beatrice Douglas | 22 December, 2017, 02:13

While the advanced augmented reality functionality itself is an exciting addition, even more exciting is how it will affect the way that players interact with Pokemon Go. If you moved, the rendered Pokemon would sort of glide along with you, breaking the illusion. Unlike the normal AR mode, you'll be able to "find" Pokemon hidden behind virtual bushes and then approach them in order to increase your odds of catching it. If you're able to catch one while in its close proximity, you'll have a better chance of earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, on top of the aforementioned new Expert Handler bonus. It's that which allows apps built on the platform to more accurately measure objects in the real environment as seen by the iPhone or iPad's camera. Keep in mind though that Pokemon will now run away if they become aware of the players getting too close to them.


An awareness meter will appear next to each monster, and when this fills up the creature will flee. Of course, sneaking up on an unsuspecting Pokemon may be the best option, because there are new bonuses in AR+ mode as well. The Expert Handler capture bonus will grant additional experience points and is unlocked when a trainer manages to get close enough to a Pokémon to capture it without scaring it away first. This is a particularly tricky boon to get, but if you do, you'll earn yourself some extra Stardust and XP for your trouble. As of the time of this writing, the feature is not planned to come to Android devices.

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