For any Pokémon fans out there who are seriously looking forward to the new Pokémon GO, then you’ll be happy to know that the game is going into a “field-test”, which is similar to a beta. Only downside to this, however, it’s only in Japan. Unless you live in Japan, or find a way to proxy your location, signing up for the field-test might be a tad difficult for the average player hoping to get into it.
From the looks of things, players who have participated in Niantic’s other game, Ingress, will be some of the first to get in and receive priority. Considering that Ingress is also an augmented reality game, similar to Pokémon GO, it is no surprise that having recent experience with this type of game is going to increase your chances with trying out Pokémon GO. When you sign up for access to Pokémon GO, they do actually ask what level you achieved in Ingress to help wane out other players, but honestly, there’s not much else to stop you from lying when they ask.
Other than the news for the field-test, there is news on the minimal requirements for the game, at least for now. Minimum specs are as follows: Android 4.3 and iPhone 5th generation. This means that if you’re not running either of these compatible devices or higher, then Pokémon GO is a “no-go” for you I’m afraid.
With the news for this field-test comes the somewhat inevitable: leaks. Obviously players are going to have to adhere to a terms of service to some degree, but that can only go so far on preventing information being leaked on the game. When the field-test rolls around, keep an eye out, as you’re bound to see a few leaks here and there, all revealing information about the much anticipated AR game that we don’t already know. Hell, especially on Android it’s going to be numerously easier to gain access to the game’s code and really see what’s going on under the hood. That’s probably not something the developer’s want, but the problem is, when there’s a will, there’s a way.
Unfortunately with this news, we still don’t have a solid release date, although individuals are speculating that beta’s tend to run for 7 months, leading them to believe that the game will be released around 7 months from now in October. But for the time being, this is nothing more than a rumour and can’t be backed up by anything.