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Reality Blending and PokéStop Scanning Coming to Pokémon GO

Exciting news y’all! Two new features will be rolling out to select Trainers: Reality Blending and PokéStop Scanning. With these new AR functionalities, it looks like Niantic will expand its dominance in the mobile AR gaming world! Let’s take a look at what to expect!


On June 28th, 2018, Niantic shared a video regarding a project called ‘Codename: Niantic Occlusion‘. After that, multiple leaks were found by data miners. Almost 2 years after they shared the video, this project is finally ready to be released to the public under the name ‘Reality Blending‘.

With the Reality Blending feature for GO Snapshot, Pokémon will be able to move behind real-world objects, either partially or completely. 


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Reality Blending in Pokémon GO

Reality Blending will roll out for testing to a small number of random Trainers with the following Android devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 4

Later, more Android devices will gain access. After that, the feature will roll out to more devices so that eventually all Trainers can enjoy new adventures with their Pokémon buddies!


Some of you may know that Niantic is working on dynamic 3D maps for their games. Recently, the Portal Scanning feature was added to Ingress, and soon Pokémon GO. It will be first available to level-40 Trainers in early June, before rolling out to more players by level.

PokéStop/Portal Scanning

With the PokéStop Scanning feature, Trainers will be able to upload videos of existing, real-life PokéStops and Gym locations. These videos will allow for Niantic to create dynamic 3D maps of these locations. The feature will help developers at Niantic to better understand how virtual objects persist and where they are in relation to one another. By walking around public places and recording a stream of images, Trainers will continuously help to perfect Niantic’s AR techniques, such as the upcoming Reality Blending.

Important: “Techniques such as blurring potentially recognizable objects like faces or license plates are automatically applied to information that Trainers choose to send to Niantic. Niantic does not collect or store any personal data in connection with this information and it is not tied to specific player accounts. For more information, please read our privacy policy.”


First, let me apologize for that horrible pun… That said, I can assure you that I for one am very excited about these features coming to Pokémon GO! Occlusion is something I was intrigued by ever since they released the video on it 2 years ago, so the Reality Blending is something I look forward to! Are you excited about these features as well? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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Steven // 22 years young // Belgian // PoGO Lover // Soccer Player // Social Work Student // Favorite expression: "If our cat was a cow, we could milk it at the stove."

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