Though the app's user numbers have died down since its release, developer Niantic's ongoing efforts to improve the game have allowed the app to retain a sizable, loyal userbase over time.
However, despite Pokémon Go's success drawing attention to the AR genre, there aren't many other similar titles worth mentioning - except, perhaps, Niantic's upcoming Harry Potter-themed AR game set to release sometime in 2018.
As Engadget notes, one of the potential reasons there aren't many good map-based AR games out there could be the difficulty associated with developing them. To develop such a game, developers usually need to rely on semi-closed map frameworks that aren't typically intended for game development.
This forces developers to jump through numerous technical hoops to turn their project into a reality, likely leading many to abandon their ideas entirely.
Fortunately for developers, that could be changing soon. According to a video recently published by Google web developer George Portillo, the search giant will soon offer developers the ability to take advantage of a Google Maps API to obtain real-time Maps data.
The Google Maps API will integrate into the Unity game engine, allowing developers to transform real-world buildings, roads and more into custom objects tailored to their game's theme.
The Google Maps API will integrate into the Unity game engine, allowing developers to transform real-world buildings, roads and more into custom objects tailored to their game's theme. For example, if a developer was creating a medieval-themed AR title, they could convert real-world hotels into "restorative inns."
"With Google Maps, we can count on providing the most up-to-date location data, meaning that when new buildings or roads are built, we'll have them in our game," Walking Dead developer Next's CEO Teemu Huuhtanen said in a statement. "This enables us to create an immersive experience, tied to the players' location."