Pokémon Go is getting a big new feature that’s sure to excite any budding photographers: an augmented reality snapshot mode.
Ever since launch, Pokémon Go players have been able to use the app’s AR capabilities to catch Pokémon against a real-life backdrop. Due to the AR mode’s battery-sucking and unreliable nature, however, most choose to use the standard cartoon background that can be turned on instead. Now, Niantic is greatly expanding and improving on the game’s AR mode with a feature the company is dubbing Go Snapshot.
Go Snapshot can be used with any Pokémon trainers currently have, and can be pulled up at any time. That means players don’t need to hope they encounter the right Pokémon at the location they want to take a picture; they can just pull one out of storage at any point. Go Snapshot will also add a few new features, letting players choose where on the screen to throw their Pokémon’s Poké Ball, and letting players tap the screen to get their creatures’ attention and make them look in certain directions.
Additionally, the app will make use of Niantic’s Real World Platform technology, making Pokémon appear at the proper scale for their surroundings.
Any pictures players take will be saved to their devices, and they game will implement a feature to share them to social media.
For players who are more about the collecting side of Pokémon than the battling or training, this is a huge new feature. Even with the limitations that currently exist in the app, players have created some pretty amazing pictures. With this much more control, there’s bound to be a lot of cool Pokémon photography emerging in the near future. Even if you’re not interested in the photography aspect, this is basically a new way to bring your Pokémon out of storage and play with them, a feature that’s been missing from the game.
Niantic hasn’t said when Go Snapshot will be arriving in the game, but the company usually releases new features shortly after they’re announced. Keep an eye out for the new photography mode appearing in your app.