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Southeast Asia may have to wait for Pokémon Go release

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, July 15, 2016  /  01:09 pm
Southeast Asia may have to wait for Pokémon Go release

A screenshot from the Pokémon GO game is seen on a cell phone. ( Randy Miramontez/-)

The developer of the global phenomenon Pokémon Go game, Niantic, has stated it has no plans to release the game outside the countries where it has been officially launched.

“The team is currently heads down working on the game. We do not have any announced plans for countries beyond New Zealand, Australia, US and Germany at the moment,” wrote Chris Kramer, vice president of fortyseven communications, representing the game developer, in an email to IGN SEA on Friday.

(Read also: ‘Pokémon Go’ to be officially launched in Asia, Europe)

Prior to the announcement, rumors were circulating that Pokémon Go was set to be launched in Europe and Asia “within a few days”. However, the UK finally became the fifth country where people can discover Pokémon species when the game was officially released there on Thursday.

Niantic initially planned to release the game in the UK and the Netherlands but later postponed it following issues with servers because of the game’s unexpected popularity.

Pokémon Go enables players to discover and catch Pokémon, such as Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu and other fascinating characters, in real locations. The game is available for both iOS and Android. (asw)

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