The launch of Pokémon GO in other regions has been delayed due to server troubles. Fans around the world will have to wait a bit longer to start catching Pokémon while Niantic Labs solves the problem.
The long-awaited Pokémon GO started getting released in various territories this week; however, players were quick to complain about the servers continuously crashing down. Due to server issues, further release of the game in other regions has been paused for the time being.
John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, said that they are aware of server problems that players are experiencing and a solution is being worked on. The bad news is that the launch of the game in other territories such as the U.K. and the Netherlands has been delayed until the developer is comfortable with the progress.
A similar statement was also posted on the game’s official Twitter account.
Pokémon GO was first launched in New Zealand and Australia on July 6th. It was later expanded to the United States for both iOS and Android devices on July 7th.
The sheer amount of players downloading and playing the game played a role in causing server issues. “We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve,” said Hanke.
While the server issues are being resolved, there are also some major gameplay updates to look forward to. Players will soon be able to trade Pokémon with others. New features will also be added to bring more interactive options for Pokéstops and Gyms to further enrich the gameplay. A global leadership board will also be introduced to show everyone who is the best. The AR or Augmented Reality technology will also be improved.
The upcoming features do sound great, but as a fan of Pokémon I would rather they first fix the server issues and release the game in other regions before rolling out all of the updates. The rest of the world deserves to play it, too.
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(via Business Insider)
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