On Saturday evening, some alleged gameplay footage for Pokemon Go was presented during a SXSW Gaming panel in Austin, TX by Niantic Labs CEO, John Hanke.
The footage featured a Pokemon trainer trying to catch Ivysaur, and was eventually released onto YouTube by user, Eric F. Throughout the gameplay session, Hanke continued to show off various features that would be incorporated into the game, like different types of Pokeballs and baseline stats (example: HP).
Reception for the footage has been mixed, as Pokefanatics have taken to forums to discuss the demo’s shortcomings. Many have harped on the jittery camera when attempting to catch Pokemon. Others have expressed their concern for the demo’s lack of battling.
“I really hope they don’t follow through with using the camera alone for tracking. That jitteryness when the guy moves around the phone would drive me mad.”
– User on YouTube, discussing the Pokemon Go demo’s shortcomings
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