Niantic to start Reality Bending testing for Pokémon Go

Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Pikachu Oddish

Reality Blending essentially lets Pokémon interact more realistically with real-world objects by obscuring parts of them or even hiding them entirely behind parts of the environment.

Trainers, Niantic and Pokemon Go announced this year's Pokemon Go Fest. If you're been wondering how Niantic is going to handle one of the biggest Pokemon Go events in the world, we now know the details: it will be a virtual event that can be played from the comfort of your home. "A Pokémon will be able to hide behind an actual object or be partially behind a tree or table blocking its path, just like how it would appear in the real world". The San Francisco-based studio is asking players to help with the development of the project by opting-in for a new PokeStop scan feature.

The demo video (seen above) was posted two years ago, featuring life-sized Pikachu and Eevee running around a crowded public space filled with pedestrians, potted plants, and benches.


Pokemon Go is a reality game that gives players the option of outdoor exploration and physical presence. More players and eligible devices will be added in the near future.

This feature will come first to the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S10 phones, as well as the Google Pixel 3 and 4. The feature will be restricted to coaches at the maximum level of 40 before it is broader for lower level players. Still, Niantic has been continuously updating their games during the pandemic to make easier for people to play indoors, including the addition of remote raids.

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