Are you one of the Pokemon fans who envied those who received invitations to become Pokemon GO testers? If you are, it’s time to stop envying and start downloading because the long-awaited augmented reality game is finally here!
Pokemon GO first became available in Australia and New Zealand on July 4, which is not surprising because these regions received the beta version of the game ahead of the rest of the world. However, the game was not immediately available in Japan and players there were told to wait for a while, which is puzzling since it was the first country that received the Pokemon GO beta version. There have been reports, though, that the game is already available in the country, so Japanese players should check again if they can download the game.
U.S. gamers, though, don’t have a problem since Pokemon GO has been made live in the country on July 7. Android users can download the game from the Google Play Store, while those who have iOS devices can get it on the Apple App Store.
The game has not yet been launched in other regions aside from those listed above, but it will most likely be made available in these places within this week or the next. Niantic Labs, which developed Pokemon GO along with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, announced on their blog that it “will be available in other countries around the world in the days ahead.”
There’s no need to worry since Pokemon GO is completely free to download. However, there are in-game transactions that cost around $1 to $100, although they’re not necessary to move forward in the game.
Aside from the game itself, Nintendo and Niantic will also launch Pokemon GO Plus, a Bluetooth-enabled device that connects with players’ smartphones and will vibrate whenever a Pokemon is nearby. As a result, gamers don’t have to be constantly looking down at their phone to detect and catch Pokemon, and they’ll be able to notice what’s going on around them. This, in turn, helps prevent accidents while encouraging players to pay attention to nature and enjoy its beauty.
The developers emphasize that the device isn’t necessary to play the game, which is great news for those who don’t want to spend additional money. However, it can be a helpful accessory for those who plan to spend a lot of time playing Pokemon GO. Several retailers are taking pre-orders for Pokemon GO Plus (which costs around $35) and will start shipping them in the later part of July.