‘Pokemon Go’ release dates: Game now in 15 more Asian countries; China, India still waiting

Millions of people in Asia were delighted to discover that “Pokemon Go” has been released in their location. The hit mobile game recently went live in 15 new countries in the largest continent in the world.

“Pokemon Go” is reportedly already available in Brunei, Cambodia, Federate States of Micronesia, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. More countries in Asia are expected to acquire the new game by Niantic in the following weeks.

However, China, India and Korea have yet to receive “Pokemon Go.” It is uncertain why the game is taking a while to launch in India, considering the huge mobile user market in the country. In China and Korea, there are allegedly issues with Google Maps, which “Pokemon Go” is largely dependent on, that caused the launch delay.

According to Tech Crunch, “Pokemon Go” debuted in the United States on July 6, 2016 and continued to roll out in various parts of the world. Players in Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, Hong Kong have already received their copy of the game. Niantic has more plans to expand in Latin America and Asia in the coming weeks.

In the U.S. alone, “Pokemon Go” has garnered over 100 million downloads, making it one of the most popular mobile games in history. A U.S. player has actually already caught all 142 Pokemon in the country is going on a worldwide tour to capture region-specific monsters. (Read more about it HERE.)

Forbes reports that “Pokemon Go” will introduce new ways to make it easier to catch Pokemon. Previously, a lot of players were disappointed when Niantic decide to shut down third party trackers that helped them locate the little creatures. The game creator stated that there is a new bug that affects throw accuracy, thereby boosting the chances of Pokemon escaping and removing the experience bonus. They are reportedly working on a fix at present.

Players were hoping that Niantic would also improve its in-game tracker in “Pokemon Go,” after cracking down in several third-party tools that helped players locate and catch Pokemon more effectively. According to Niantic, the third-party apps were tapping on their servers and violating their terms of service. Pokemon trainers are still complaining that the game needs more balancing and added accuracy in its main tracker. Otherwise, the game risks losing players despite its huge popularity.

Source: International Business Times