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Pokémon Go Open To U.S. Game Testers


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If you’re a Pokémon fan but you also like spending time outside, there’s might be a way you could combine the two, thanks to The Pokémon Company and Alphabet’s Niantic Labs.

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It’s been some months since the long-awaited Pokémon Go has started ‘field testing’ around the world, with focus on Asia and Australia.

But Nintendo believes it’s time for the U.S. fans to have a chance to say something about the final version of the game, so they are now accepting beta users in the United States, as well.

If you’re interested, you can sign up for the privilege on their website and, if you get selected, you will be among those who will shape the development of the Pokémon-themed augmented reality (AR) game that will be universally released later this year.

It’s been months since developers have been building the hype around Pokémon Go, complete with strategically leaked gameplay videos to spur further interest. It is finally time for the game to have its finish coat added in the last stages of development.

Niantic and The Pokémon Company want to iron out the last minute kinks with the help of beta testers which will provide feedback on how real word players interact with the game.

All these candidates need is real world gaming experience, Android 4.3 or higher on their smartphones, and an interest in playing a fun new game of pokéball.

If you’re not familiar with Pokémon Go, you should know that the new game – the baby project of Nintendo, Niantic and The Pokémon Company – wants to translate the Pokémon master experience to the real world.

In other words, you will have to chase wild Pokémon that have been scattered around town and catch ‘em them all with a swift pokéball throw. Yes, you heard that right: part of the augmented reality of the game is the fact that you physically go outside to catch the Pokémon at their marked location.

According to the video released by developers, the game is supposed to encourage players to go out and possibly meet other Pokémon masters on the chase. If you are keen on collecting that particular Pokémon, you can challenge them to a friendly match, and may the best master win.


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