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Yokai Watch World Announced For Mobile; It’s Like Pokemon GO With Yokai
It’s only a matter of time until Level-5 and its Yokai Watch franchise take the AR gaming route ala Nintendo and the Pokemon Company.
This morning, Level-5 livestreamed a presentation about its new mobile game Yokai Watch World where you catch cute little ghosts/yokais that look like cats and cuddly Japan-friendly creatures on your Yokai Watch device. Only instead of doing this in the fictional Yokai Watch world, you have to catch yokai in the real world via the magic of augmented reality tech. Check out the ad below, featuring music from Japanese band Bump of Chicken.
The similarities between this game and the already-out Pokemon GO are pretty close though Level-5 outlined some key differences.Â Here are the key takeaways of the presentation.
Check out the official game app page description below:
You are the Protagonist on an Adventure Set All over Japan
The many unique yo-kai of theÂ Yo-kai WatchÂ series like Jibanyan and Komasan appear in the real world. Search for and battle against the yo-kai that appear all over Japan. Complete your Yo-kai Encyclopedia by moving yourself or by getting other players to move.
First, â€œSearchâ€ for Yo-kai on the Map
In order to find nearby yo-kai, â€œSearchâ€ the location youâ€™re at on the map. There are various yo-kai to be discovered depending on the location. Donâ€™t forget to Search whenever you visit a new place.
Find Yo-kai with Your Smartphone Screen
Tap the icon of the yo-kai you discover through Search. By doing this, you will be able to see that yo-kai through your smartphone screen. Find yo-kai and pursue them so they donâ€™t escape.
Battle Yo-kai with Simple Controls
When you Search for yo-kai, a battle will begin. Since battles are semi-automatic, theyâ€™re very simple. Use special moves when you have an opening or are in a pinch. By winning battles against a yo-kai, you may be able to befriend them. By training the yo-kai you befriend, you can battle even stronger yo-kai.
Possess Nearby Players
Your yo-kai can â€œPossessâ€ nearby players. A possessor yo-kai can travel with the player it possesses to new areas. They might bring back a yo-kai from somewhere you couldnâ€™t go on your own, or sometimes they even bring souvenirs. (Rest assured that your exact position will not be shown to nearby players.)
Plant â€œYo-kai Treesâ€ at Various Places
You can plant trees at your current location, as well as at places a possessor yo-kai visits. Yo-kai gather around trees, creating the opportunity for new encounters. Make proper use of Yo-kai Trees to increase the number of places you can befriend new yo-kai.
Plenty of Ways to Play
Yo-kai Watch WorldÂ is full of other ways to play. From â€œAdvent Bossesâ€ you can enjoy anywhere, to â€œDeparted Mapsâ€ where you can look back on your previous travels and more. How you play is up to you.
Check out the full livestream below which was live an hour or so ago. Are you excited to capture digital ghosts in the real world? Let us know.