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Pokémon GO Launches Globally; Available Now in Select Countries

July 5, 2016 / 9:00 PM

By: Matthew Williams


Update [7/7/2016, 11 AM Central Time]: Pokemon GO has been officially released on the North American Google Play and iOS stores!

The time has finally arrived, fellow Pokéfanatics – Pokémon GO has officially released for Android and iOS devices in certain regions! As of 8:45 PM Central Time, the game has officially released in Australia and New Zealand. No official timing has been given for a North American release, but we will be sure to keep you updated as we learn more about it. The good news – the official Pokemon GO app link is now in the Google Play store. It is merely a matter of time, now.


Pokemon Go’s primary premise will be around capturing Pokemon that can be found in the wild. Using a Google Maps overlay, users will be able to walk to their favorite real-world locations, and identify wild Pokemon that may inhabit it. To make things more realistic, Niantic has stated that certain Pokemon will only appear near locations similar to their native environments. For instance: if you want to catch a Magikarp (because who wouldn’t want to), you may have to visit some aquatic environment, such as a lake or ocean.

Once it is available in the U.S., you can download Pokemon GO from the Android and iOS links below.

Pokemon GO Download (Android)

Pokemon GO Download (iOS)


About the author /

Matthew, a graduate from Texas Christian University, now works as a Senior Digital Analytics Consultant for Ernst & Young. With a passion for video games (mostly retro and survival horror) and data, Matthew is pursuing a career in game analytics.

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