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Pokemon Go developer to set up new Harry Potter mobile game

Pokemon Go developer Niantic and Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment have announced to replicate the success with a new “Harry Potter” augmented reality mobile game. Almost five years ago Niantic launched Ingress, its first augmented reality mobile game, turning real-world streets, neighbourhoods and cities into a global game board, and bringing people together in a shared digital reality. This created new incentives for exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction helped spawn a global community of fans…

‘Walking Dead’ zombie game seeks Pokemon-style success

HELSINKI: Finnish game studio Next Games said on Friday it will launch a new augmented reality smartphone game in the coming months based on AMC Networks’ hit TV show “Walking Dead”. The game, in which players fight zombies that are superimposed onto the real world on smartphone screens, is tapping into the trend of augmented reality (AR) which gained mass adoption last year with the release of Niantic’s Pokemon Go. Next Games said the "Walking Dead: Our World" game, which it hopes will mirror Pokemon Go’s success,…

Pokemon Go introduces new monsters on Halloween

Pokemon Go is getting a new batch of monsters to collect this Halloween, developer of the location-based augmented reality app Niantic has confirmed. As part of its in-game event, which kicks off on October 20 till November 20, Pokemon Go will introduce a handful of new creatures, including Sableye, Banette, and a few others described as ‘ghost-type Pokemon.’ These new Pokeman will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokemon Go, while others such as Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and other spooky Pokemon are back again…

Russian blogger convicted for playing Pokemon Go in church

YEKATERINBURG: A Russian court on Thursday convicted a video blogger of inciting hatred against believers by posting videos online showing him chasing Pokemons in a church, giving him a suspended sentence. Ruslan Sokolovsky, a militant atheist who posted the videos on his YouTube channel, was detained in August 2016 and spent nine months in jail and under house arrest. His case, heard in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, highlighted the role of the powerful Orthodox Church and sparked comparisons with the scandalous case…

Angry Birds maker Rovio to open game development studio in London

HELSINKI: Finnish mobile games and animation company Rovio Entertainment is stepping up its hunt for new hit games by opening a studio in London to focus on multiplayer games that would not rely on the company's Angry Birds brand. Privately-held Rovio has struggled in recent years as profits from the Angry Birds franchise dropped, prompting deep job cuts and divestments. But last year Rovio launched an animated Angry Birds 3D Hollywood film that it said did well at the box office and yielded new licensing deals.…

Now you can play Pokemon Go on Apple Watch

Niantic Inc. has announced that its popular mobile game Pokemon GO is now available on the Apple Watch.  The game developed by Niantic in partnership with Nintendo and Pokémon Company has became a global phenomenon and has been downloaded more than 500 million times. "Apple Watch is particularly well suited to Pokemon GO as it seamlessly combines game play and imagination with getting exercise and exploring the real world," said the Pokémon GO team. This announcement comes three months after Niantic and Apple…

Does Pokemon get you on the Go? For a bit, says study

PARIS: It has been hailed as a revolutionary way to get people moving, using smartphones to pursue cartoon creatures through city parks and streets on foot, instead of taking the car or metro. But has Pokemon Go made people more active and healthy? A study on Wednesday reported mixed success. In the first week of playing the game, people took 955 additional steps per day on average -- equalling nearly half the World Health Organization's recommended physical activity level, researchers found. But this soon petered…