If you’re a big fan of the Pokemon game franchise, you’ll want to know that Pokemon GO will be out real soon.
There’s no official release date yet, but game developer Niantic Labs (which is working with The Pokemon Company to create Pokemon GO) has revealed that the game would be out soon. In a post on their official blog, the developer said that “it’s getting closer” and that they’re “anxious and excited to share” their creation with Pokemon fans and the rest of the gaming world.
For the uninitiated, Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game that encourages players to look for Pokemon monsters and even eggs while interacting with the real world. Players can find Pokemon by exploring their town or city and catch these creatures by throwing a Pokeball. They can then use their Pokemon to defend their Gyms (which are located in real-world places) and battle against rival Gyms. Players need to collect a certain number of Pokemon of the same type if they want to have an evolved version of the creature.
Pokemon GO is a free-to-play game but, just like any other game in the market, players can spend cash to progress faster and get better gear. They can visit PokeStops (which are said to be found in public places like landmarks, monuments, and art installations), where they can buy Lucky Eggs, Pokeballs, and other items.
Pokemon GO has been in beta testing for some time now. The beta testing started in Japan on March, became available in Australia and New Zealand on April, and was opened to U.S. players on May. According to Niantic, they’re learning a lot from the beta testers, who “have done a great job of guiding” the developers. Niantic hopes that the expansion of beta testing to the United States will allow the company to “get more feedback to improve the game”.
If you’re interested in joining the U.S. beta testing for Pokemon GO, you can go to Niantic’s official sign-up page to register. It’s important to note, though, that signing up won’t automatically give you access to the field test. You’ll still have to wait for Niantic to accept your registration and make you an official beta tester.
Pokemon GO is expected to be released in late 2016 although, as mentioned above, there’s no official word about the release date from Niantic and The Pokemon Company. It will be available for iOS and Android devices.
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