In a recent interview with Nikkei, the Pokémon Company CEO Tsunakazu Ishihara spoke about safety when using Pokemon Go and the possibility of developing a new device to ensure that it can be played more safely in the future.
In the interview, Ishihara was reminded that a series of accidents whilst playing Pokémon Go have been reported, including critical ones, and was asked what his reaction was to this. He responded with:
“We intended to make a game for people to play outdoors, instead of at home. The potential that players could become too involved in playing the game [that they might walk into danger] was already an issue at an early stage.”
“To avoid the danger, we also released “Pokémon Go Plus,” the smartphone-linked wearable device, so that “Pokémon Go” players do not have to always be looking down at their smartphone screens.” Ishihara said, “Together with Nintendo, we are thinking of developing a new device that can be played more safely.”
It will be interesting to see what the Pokémon Company and Nintendo have planned for a new device, and we’ll keep you posted with any updates.