Pokémon Go Release

The Pokémon Go release was a hugely anticipated event. The app has captured the imagination of millions and is quickly becoming one of the most successful mobile games ever.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that requires the player or trainer to move their avatar around an inbuilt map. Tasks for players, or trainers, include catching Pokémon, visiting Pokéstops and battling at gyms in their local area. This involves the player leaving the house and physically moving themselves to real-world locations chosen as Pokéstops. Along the way, the player maybe fortunate enough to encounter a wild Pokémon. By clicking on the icon on the map, they will have the opportunity to catch it. When a Pokémon is caught, they can be trained and battled. cropped-pokemon-go-logo.jpg

The U.S. Pokémon Go release was on July 6th. Since then, Niantic have staggered the game’s global release and many countries still don’t have it. On July 16th, the game was launched to twenty-six new countries as part of the European Pokémon Go release.

 

Niantic announced:

“As of tonight, trainers living in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland are able to download Pokémon G0 from the Play Store or App Store.”

 

On the 17th of July 2016 Naintic announced that the game was live in Canada.

 

What is left to release in Pokemon Go?

Even though millions of users are now happily playing the game, there are still many countries left waiting. Despite this, reports are coming in about Pokémon being caught in yet to be serviced areas.

While the frantic struggle to ‘catch ’em all’ continues, there’s still a huge market that requires access to the game. Niantic’s slow progress towards a global Pokémon Go release is clearly not a good sign.3 pokemons nearby In a statement prior to the European release, they announced their position with regards the launch. According to a source at the company, they ‘don’t have any plans for countries beyond New Zealand, Australia, US and Germany at the moment’. So, just when are they going to extend the game to everyone that’s eager to get playing?

With the surge in popularity the app enjoyed on its launch, developers are having difficulty maintaining the over-subscribed Pokemon Go servers. It seems likely that the global Pokémon Go release will have to be postponed until these issues are rectified. When exactly this will be remains anyone’s guess. Those without the game are waiting with bated breath, hoping that it will reach them before the start of August. With the Pokémon Go Plus launch planned during July, trainers are optimistic of an imminent global release.

 

A source revealed that the global Pokémon Go release will definitely happen in 2016. This news implies that hopes for a July global release may have been misplaced.

 

Due to the nature of Pokémon Go, players are now complaining about the disadvantages of the delayed release. They argue that they will be unable to compete with the rest of the world because of the extra playing time many players have enjoyed. Players who have been active for many weeks may already have a powerful Pokémon team. This means the chances of a new player defeating an experienced one are slim.pokemon go release

Unfortunately, there are some that suggest the global Pokémon Go release will be delayed until the third quarter of 2017. This is based purely on speculation but let’s hope that it doesn’t take anywhere near that length of time.

 

A few facts that have been made public regarding the release dates are:

  • The two versions that will be available (the iOS and Android downloadable version) will be launched together.
  • Since the development phase of the game, Niantic was always planning to launch the game in waves. Users should therefore not be surprised by the staggered nature of the Pokémon Go release.

 

However, you can play the Pokémon Go game even if it wasn’t released in your country yet. To do so, you just need to follow these steps:

Please remember, this procedure is currently only possible using the Android operating system.

  • Your device should be able to install apps from a different source other than it’s official app store.
  • Go into the settings on your phone or tablet and find the option regarding unknown app sources. Make sure it is set to allow applications from other sources.
  • Go to a .apk mirror using your browser and download the latest version of the game.
  • Tap the ‘Download APK’ button to start the download.
  • Go to your phone’s downloads section and open the Pokémon Go app to start the installation.

 

The main advantage of doing this is you can get a head-start on playing the game. This means that by the time it does get an official launch in your country you’ll have built up a large roster of Pokémon and items. This is possible because when the game is released, it will not reapply or reinstall any settings.  When you eventually load up your account after the global launch, you will keep whatever level you achieved before the official Pokémon Go release.

 

Update 7/24/16

Pokemon go is live in Hong Kong

 

Update 8/3/2016

Pokemon Go is now live in Latin America

 

Update 8/5/16

Pokemon Go is now live in Asia:

Countries and regions include: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau

 

Check out Pokemon Go items at Amazon.com

 

 

Resources:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/138183-can-t-get-pokemon-go-in-your-country-yet-here-s-how-to-download-it-now

http://www.manilashaker.com/pokemon-go-launch-app-countries-philippines-asia/

http://www.pokemongodb.net/2016/04/release-date.html

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