Niantic Labs, the video game developer behind Pokémon GO, has announced a partnership with Nintendo to develop an augmented reality version of Pikmin, a real-time strategy and puzzle video game series created by Shigeru Miyamoto, first released in 2001 on GameCube.
While Niantic Labs have experience with developing AR games based on Nintendo’s vibrant characters, this will be the company’s first time working directly with Nintendo. During the development of Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs was collaborating with The Pokémon Company, a Nintendo-owned company responsible for brand management, production, marketing, and licensing of the Pokémon franchise.
“As we continue to expand our games portfolio, it was a natural next step to team up with Nintendo. We’re looking forward to shaping the future of AR together, bringing Nintendo’s beloved game characters to life for mobile game players around the world,” said Niantic chief executive officer John Hanke.
The AR title Niantic Labs and Nintendo are working together is supposed to make walking fun by experience the real world as if Pikmin, the plant-like creatures after which the series is named, are secretly living all around us.
“Niantic’s AR technology has made it possible for us to experience the world as if Pikmin are secretly living all around us,” said Pikmin creator Shigeru Miyamoto. “Based on the theme of making walking fun, our mission is to provide people a new experience that’s different from traditional games. We hope that the Pikmin and this app will become a partner in your life.”
No exact release date has been announced yet, but the game should be released later this year. If you want to be among the first to play it, then you can pre-register now on Niantic Labs’ website to receive the latest updates.