Pokemon GO, which completely took the world by storm back in 2016, is based on Augmented Reality, also known as AR. Niantic, which developed the game, is currently taking steps in order to improve the feature even more, although four years have passed since the game’s release. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the social and location-based game to make some completely radical changes to its content. It appears that a much more straightforward content update is coming to the game ahead of the Pokemon GO Fest, introducing a big upgrade to the current augmented reality mechanics. This new update is going to be called “Reality Blending”.
Niantic has released version 0.177.0 of Pokemon GO on June 3 on Android. For players using Samsung Galaxy 9 or 10, but also Google Pixel 3 and 4, this update is going to present a major change to the game. Reality blending, an augmented reality feature that was first presented by Niantic back in May, will become available.
This new feature was first revealed in a blog post. Niantic explained it as a new way for players’ buddies to become part of the real world. What this basically means is that a Pokemon will occupy a fixed location within space. Should an object slide into view somewhere between a player and the encountered monster, the Pokemon will be obscured instead of weirdly superimposing over the object.
The new update makes the augmented reality camera of Pokemon GO be more aware of the objects within the environment. With reality blending, Pokemon will now be able to change their location somewhere behind various objects, either fully or only in part. Well, Pokemon GO players who are playing from a Samsung Galaxy 9 or 10 or a Google Pixel 3 or 4 and have installed the latest version of the game better watch out for Pokemon peeking out from behind a bookcase.