July 12, 2016


'Pokémon GO' Developer Says He'd Like To Make a 'Game of Thrones' Version

The Pokémon Company/Nintendo
The Pokémon Company/Nintendo

If you've been outside lately, you've probably caught wind of people playing Pokémon GO, or talking about Game of Thrones

If both of these pop culture institutions tickle your fancy, you're in luck: Gamespot reports that a developer behind the wildly popular Pokémon GO might have plans to use the same augmented reality technology to build a game about the HBO series. 

Archit Bhargava, who helped develop Pokémon GO with the software development firm Niantic, said it would be fun to map out the world like a sprawling version of Westeros: "My personal fantasy is like a Game of Thrones game where Westeros is mapped out on Earth and you join House Stark or whatever," he said. 

Pokémon GO allows anyone with an iOS or Android device to capture the teensy pocket monsters as they appear on your screen, via some seamless augmented reality tech. It's become something of a commercial and cultural behemoth since releasing last week—Business Insider reports that parent company Nintendo saw its valuation skyrocket by $7.5 billion in just two days—and it's apparently managed to upset Australian law enforcement and decimate plenty of phone batteries in the process.

Next, if you're all tuckered out from catching em' all, get to know some video game cosplayers at PAX East 2016: