“As much as we hate to disappoint those in the industry attending GDC, we feel our time and energy right now are best spent on making sure every aspect of the product is where we want it to be,”
Niantic CEO John Hanke in an interview with GameInformer
Niantic has started signing up people in Japan since Thursday March 3rd 2016 (Strom, 2016, March 3) to test out the game (Wouk, 2016, March 4) with the rest of the world to follow soon. This is really more of a beta test (Frank, 2016, March 4) than a field test, but it’s pretty exciting nonetheless.
It also implies that the launch date may be in time for Gamecon, the gaming convention to be held in Galveston, Texas from June 4 – 5, 2016 and Gamescom, which will be held in Cologne, Germany from August 17-21, 2016. In soft, expect a summer release of Pokemon Go!
Niantic is supposed to share details on Pokemon Go at GDC (Game Developer Conference) on Monday March 14. However, this was cancelled, making this the first time anyone outside of Nintendo will get a chance to see the game mechanics in action.
Hopefully it’ll answer questions relating to hardware, pricing and availability for iOS and Android sometime in 2016. My hope is that it’s coming to Microsoft Hololens (Deer, 2016, February 13) with Smartphone as an option. Also, Jamaica wouldn’t be a bad location, being as Japan and Jamaica have been close, at least as it relates to (Deer, 2014, March 13) West Indian Sea Island Cotton.
- Deer, L. (2014, March 13). West Indian Sea Island Cotton receives JA$11 million Grant from Japanese Government. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/03/west-indian-sea-island-cotton-receives.html
- Deer, L. (2015, December 28). US$88 Nintendo Pokémon-themed 2DS means Pokemon Go coming in 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/pokemon-themed-2ds-portable-gaming-consoles-means-pokemon-go-coming-in-2016/
- Deer, L. (2016, February 13). Why Pokémon The First Movie is a promo for Pokemon Go as Superbowl 50 commercial a hit. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/why-pokemon-the-first-movie-is-a-promo-for-pokemon-go-as-superbowl-50-commercial-a-hit/
- Strom, S. (2016, March 3). Pokemon Go live in Japan for Field Test. Retrieved from http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/03/04/pokemon-go-live-in-japan-for-field-test
- Wouk, K. (2016, March 4). Sign-ups for Pokemon Go ‘field test’ kick off in Japan, other countries coming later. Retrieved from http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/pokemon-go-sign-ups-japan/
- Frank, A. (2016, March 4). Pokémon Go heading out to the field in Japanese-only beta test. Retrieved from http://www.polygon.com/2016/3/4/11161010/pokemon-go-field-test-beta-japan