Razer has just announced this morning that they're going to be releasing RazerGO, a chat app for Pokemon GO players later this month. Whether it was expected or not, augmented reality game Pokemon GO has set the world aflame with excitement and wonder, as legions of fans both old and young are spending countless hours outside walking the city streets in search of every Pokemon they can get their hands on. The one thing that some feel the game is missing, however, is a proper, native way to communicate with other players. While there has really been no mention that Niantic would integrate an in-game chat, there are a couple of third-party options already out there for players, such as the Messenger for Pokemon GO, and now Razer wants in on the action.
Razer hasn't given an exact time frame on when the Android and iOS apps will launch, but they have stated that the plan is to release them around the 25th of this month. Those who will be curious enough to try Razer's offering before then will be able to do so through a web version of the service as Razer aims to launch that particular version at 10 PM EST this evening, which will be about 7 PM PST on the west coast.
The app and the web version are of course going to be free, and much like Messenger for Pokemon GO the app is going to enable location-based chat so players will be able to talk with other players who are in the same area, with options to expand the radius and reach players that are further out with distances set at 3 miles, 30, miles, or 600 miles. Where RazerGO will set to differentiate itself is with personalized chat between other players directly, as well as chat just between players of the same team. While location-based chat is nice, it opens up the floor for anyone to speak, including those of opposing teams. A chat app also provides an opportunity for some players to drive the conversations in an otherwise non-friendly direction, as it's nigh impossible to keep nearly any online interaction free from negativity. While it could be possible for Razer to have someone moderating the chat channels, that will be no small undertaking, so it will be interesting to see how the service starts off.