Niantic releases official statement on Pokémon Go global rollout

Want to know when Pokémon Go will arrive in your country? Get it straight from the source

Here’s a breakdown of what we know about Pokémon Go‘s global release so far in order of date:

  • The game is out now in the Philippines and 14 other countries in Asia and Ocenia. Swing by this page for the full list.
  • As of today, August 4, Pokémon Go is now available in Central and South America. The news comes just in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. The world’s best athletes training in Pokémon gyms could be a thing now. Yay!
  • Nintendo announced on July 27th that Pokémon Go Plus, the watch-like companion device that alerts you of nearby monsters, will be available in September, not late-July.

  • Pokémon Go debuted in France and Hong Kong on July 25. Reports said the game has seen more than 75 million downloads between the iOS and Android app stores.
  • Pikachu is home. Pokémon Go was released in its native Japan on July 22, two days after servers were originally scheduled to go live.
  • On July 17, the game was unleashed in Canada.
  • July 16th marked Pokémon Go’s launch in 26 other countries across Europe, namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • Pokémon Go went live in Italy, Spain, and Portugal on July 15.

As Pokémon Go finds its way to more users around the world, the question on everyone’s minds is: Where will the coveted augmented-reality game launch next?

As of this writing, the game is only officially released in 37 countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.S., and most of Europe. Yes, we’re counting!

Of course, that hasn’t stopped speculation from mounting. Some websites even went as far as saying that Pokémon Go will be made available in some parts of Southeast Asia by July.

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Now, we can say with certainty that won’t be the case. Fortyseven Communications, the PR firm of Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs, earlier released a statement on behalf of the company, saying the game developer can’t give a release date for Pokémon Go for the rest of the world.

“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.”

That doesn’t mean the app isn’t on its way to more regions, including Southeast Asia, where it has been reported that servers were temporarily turned on for a few hours. Regardless, it’s best to keep expectations in check until further notice.

And word may be out soon. In a recent interview with Reuters, Niantic Labs chief executive John Hanke said he wants a wider rollout for Pokémon Go, adding he expects 200 more countries and regions to join in on the fun “relatively soon.”

Pokémon Go took the world by storm recently, and has since seen more daily active users than Twitter and Tinder, and people spend more time time on it than on Facebook. It has even overtaken the mighty Candy Crush Saga.

It is estimated the game generates millions within minutes, and it isn’t even available in most parts of the world yet. Perhaps even more impressive, Nintendo has doubled in market value since the game’s release.

For our part, we’ve set up our own Pokémon Go watch, which entails round-the-clock hourly checks of the app and related content on the web. As soon as we have an update, you’ll be the first to hear it.

This story was published on July 15. It has been edited to reflect Pokemon Go’s availability to more regions and details from Retuers’ interview with Niantic head John Hanke.

Source: IGN Southeast Asia

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  • dendelendenn July 16, 2016   Reply →


  • Felippe Baricuatro July 16, 2016   Reply →

    Well fuck you too Niantic

  • Ram July 16, 2016   Reply →


  • navarva July 16, 2016   Reply →

    Ohh man…..i have traveled more then 400 km in search of pokestops and pokemon but didnt find any….but still ill be waiting for its release in our region..

  • Bearshark July 17, 2016   Reply →

    Just wow! With big names like Niantic, The pokemon company and Nintendo, I find it hard to understand why they’re having such difficulties, releasing this app in Asia. People should wake up and realize that they shouldn’t give their support to this kinda app who didn’t prioritize their country. But it’s Pokemon and people are stupid. Maybe that is why they (Niantic, TPC and Nintendo) don’t worry that much, because it’s Pokemon.

    • Random trainer 1123 August 25, 2016   Reply →

      Sorry to say but look at the numbers. The released countries have been in order of how popular they are in each respective country not % wise of course because japan prob would of been the first country to get the release. But in overall player base. And a flat release for all countries would have the same effect as the thought of a full mmo pokemon game. No server in current existance could handle that kind of strain. Hundreds of millions of users logging on simultaneously is insane. And the list of bugs that have had to be fixed while they are simultaneously releasing to other countries would of been detrimental to the game. And you didnt incorporate those who download and play for a little while who would play just to jump on the bandwagon that is pokemon go then uninstall within a month. Do i feel that they should be faster at releasing the game globally? Yes. Do i know that it is not conceivable for a smaller company like niantic to do so? Yes.

      Sidenote. Complaints that other countries having higher levels then you when you start.. really there is a level cap at 40 and people have reached that in less than a month so really its a moot point calling that out. Just sayin

  • Yehoshua_27 July 18, 2016   Reply →

    I will just play Pokemon Moon in my 3Ds… That’s all… Begging to Niantic to release this game, it really bugs me and i freaking hate it…

  • wookongchina July 21, 2016   Reply →

    Could always play the Chinese Rip off version….

  • Pedro July 21, 2016   Reply →

    when do you realease it in philippines ?

    • mariefrans July 27, 2016   Reply →

      im a filipino

  • Kel July 21, 2016   Reply →

    Yup, i’ll probably wait and just begin playing when Aussies, Americans, & Canadians have level 70 pokemons. Nope, fuck this game.

    • Juan August 2, 2016   Reply →

      I totally agree with you. That is unfair… if Niantic ever releases the game in other regions (like South east Asia, Latin America, etc), these last ones should be made up with new features on the future… I am really disappointed waiting for so long…
      We urge this f*cking game soon in South America

  • Wailyan July 21, 2016   Reply →

    When can we play in myanmar?
    Please dont forget myanmar

  • Unknown Trainer July 22, 2016   Reply →


  • Htin Kyaw July 22, 2016   Reply →

    Yeah..there are too many players in Myanmar. Please don’t forget ours. For Supercell, we get profit from Myanmar as other countries.

  • Lynx July 23, 2016   Reply →

    Somehow the server was active here in Indonesia,we can play it

  • Akhil mohan July 27, 2016   Reply →

    Please release in India we are waiting for this awesome game

  • lykcul July 27, 2016   Reply →

    when will ot release in India???

  • lykcul July 27, 2016   Reply →

    when will it release in India???

  • rohan July 28, 2016   Reply →

    India Need this game
    Give it to us Or we hack this shit

    • IndiaSmellsReallyBad August 20, 2016   Reply →

      O please indians, you can’t even speak english properly and you’ll “hack”.

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