Niantic has officially announced that the game is now available for the Apple Watch, “just in time for the holidays.” And, as originally announced, the new game does focus on catching digital pocket monsters, while also bridging those features with the Apple Watch’s Activity rings and features.
Here’s how Niantic breaks it down:
- Log each play session as a workout, with gameplay counting toward personal Activity rings
- Receive notifications about nearby Pokémon
- Count distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs and receiving Candy with your Buddy Pokémon
- Receive notifications about PokéStops nearby and collect items from them
- Receive notifications when Eggs hatch and medals are awarded
Players will be able to get notified when a Pokémon is near them on their Apple Watch, and then use their iPhone to capture it.
Have you been eagerly awaiting the Apple Watch arrival?
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