The next big 'Pokémon' game looks amazing

We just learned a lot more about”Pokémon GO,” the new free Pokémon game coming out later this year.

Pokemon GoThe Pokemon CompanyA screenshot from the ‘Pokémon GO’ commercial that premiered during the 2016 Super Bowl.

“Pokémon GO” just entered a period of beta testing, meaning that people all over the world are giving this new game a try right now. Alongside the news of the beta, more details were released about how the game will actually work.

Here’s everything we learned:

'Pokémon' has long been an incredibly popular video game franchise, but this is the first time those cute little pocket monsters are coming to smartphones!

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'Pokémon GO' is an 'augmented reality' game, which means that you'll aim your phone's camera around at the real world, and Pokémon will appear on your screen as if they are hanging out on the footpath with you. Like this:

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Players will also be able to visit 'PokéStops' -- hubs located around your area that will sell special Poké Balls and other items.

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'Pokémon GO' is free, but for those who don't wish to earn in-game currency through playing, real world money can be used to purchase additional coins.

For example, this is a 'Great Ball,' a more powerful version of the standard red-and-white Pokéball that can be used to capture more powerful Pokémon.

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These Pokémon appear on your phone as you walk around in the real world!

These PokéStops are 'located at interesting places such as public art installations, historical markers, and monuments.'

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After you grab a coffee, you can catch a Gengar!

So, as you walk around town, you'll be able to see a map of nearby Pokémon and PokéStops.

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If you find a wild Pokémon while you're out and about, you'll be able to deploy your own Pokémon and fight!

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You will probably get some weird looks if you play this game in public, but it's totally worth it to catch that Persian!

You'll also be able to design the look of your very own Pokémon trainer.

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Players can also battle for control over 'Gyms' around town, which act as major hubs for Pokémon trainers. This one is located near 'Big Heart on the Rock' in San Francisco:

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Gyms are located near major landmarks, just like PokéStops.

At Gyms, you can engage in Pokémon battles with other players. Like this:

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Diehard Pokémon fans out there can purchase this bluetooth wristwatch accessory, which lets you play 'Pokémon GO' without looking at your phone.

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This 'Pokémon GO' accessory vibrates and lights up when Pokémon are nearby!

Remember, look both ways before you cross the street to catch a wild Pikachu. Please!

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