Pokemon Go has been one of the most highly anticipated upcoming mobile app releases for the past year. It has been in beta testing for the past few months, but late on Tuesday night, the app finally began rolling out on the App Store and Google Play in select countries, including Australia and New Zealand. So the wait is over isn’t it? Except it’s not.
Most other countries like the United States, India, China, and all of Europe don’t have an unlocked version of their game on the play store.
The Pokemon Go website says:
Travel between the real world and the virtual world of Pokémon with Pokémon GO for iPhone and Android devices. With Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO will allow players to find and catch more than a hundred different Pokémon as they explore their surroundings. You can also Customize Your Trainer, Add to Your Pokédex, Join a Team and Battle, Click Pics and use the GO PLUS accessory.
This is the final version of the game and yet Nintendo hasn’t announced a proper date for us non-residents of the land down under. Apparently the app released without any hype, while I find highly unsettling. This is Nintendo, and they know how to market their product. So it’s weird they’ll do a roll out without the drum roll and trumpets. Either way many people have tried to join into the app via a VPN.
In case you can’t wait, at the time of writing, it’s not possible to download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store, but this site has a great guide for creating a foreign App Store account in case you can’t wait any longer. And if you’re on Android, you can simply download this 58MB APK from here.
Using a VPN is a good way to start the game, but a game based on location tracking should ideally know where you actually are, and Nintendo ‘may’ come down hard on cheaters. There are many micro-transactions as expected but it’s also a very polished experience.
We at Asidcast will provide a full review of the game, so stay tuned.