Pokemon Go’s AR+ Mode Will Introduce Updated Augmented Reality Gameplay on iOS

Three new features are coming soon

AR+ will allow Pokemon to appear in a more true-to-life size than before
Niantic

Pokemon Go players running iOS 11 on iPhone 6S and newer will soon be able to experience new gameplay features with the introduction of AR+.

AR+ uses Apple’s ARKit to offer new features for players who capture Pokemon while using the game’s augmented reality functionality, which makes Pokemon appear as though they’re in the real world.

First, AR+ will allow Pokemon to appear in a more true-to-life size than before. Niantic explained this change in a blog post: “With AR+, Pokemon are now fixed to a point in space, meaning that you can walk up close to a Pokemon to see to how they’ll look in the real world. Imagine looking up at a massive Onix or walking around a gigantic Snorlax blocking your path. This feature brings us one step closer to truly realizing Pokemon the way they are supposed to be represented in the real world. Pokemon Go AR photos will never be the same again.”

Next, AR+ will introduce Pokemon awareness. Specifically, while in AR+ mode, players will have the option to walk closer to a Pokemon before throwing a Poke Ball. As they get closer, an awareness meter may begin to fill if the Pokemon becomes aware of their presence. If the meter fills completely, the Pokemon will run away. When this happens, players can tap the tall grass on the screen, which may cause the Pokemon to reappear, though this isn’t guaranteed.

Finally, if players are able to capture a Pokemon while in close proximity to it, they’ll have a better chance of earning Great and Excellent Throw bonuses, as well as the new Expert Handler bonus, which awards them with more experience points and Stardust when the Pokemon is captured.

Pokemon Go is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play. The game has been downloaded more than 750 million times, and it has driven more than 500 million visits to sponsored locations, such as Sprint stores, since its launch in July 2016.

Earlier this year, Niantic partnered with Wieden + Kennedy London to launch an advertising campaign for the game, which saw billboards containing gameplay stats appear in New York, London and Tokyo. Some of these billboards were activated as in-game PokeStops.