Niantic releases the smash hit mobile gaming phenomenon Pokemon GO in more regions, with players in Italy, Spain, and Portugal now able to join in on the fun.
Pokemon GO is probably the most popular video game in the world right now, with millions of players walking around in search of the charming pocket monsters. In an effort to keep the servers at least somewhat functional with so many people playing the game, Niantic has been slowly rolling out Pokemon GO to other regions, as opposed to launching it for everywhere all at once. Well, a few more countries can now see what all the fuss is about, as Pokemon GO has released for iOS and Android mobile devices in Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
The version of Pokemon GO releasing in those regions will be the same game that’s already available elsewhere in the world. The only difference seems to be in regards to the translation side of things, meaning players in Italy, Spain, and Portugal can look forward to catching a lot of Rattatas and Pidgeys before leveling up enough to start finding some rarer Pokemon.
It will be interesting to see if the Pokemon GO craze, which is generating millions of dollars in revenue and causing Nintendo’s shares to skyrocket, will catch on in those three countries as it has the rest of the world. If it does, let’s hope the people of Italy, Spain, and Portugal are a little more cautious when playing the game, so we don’t have anymore incidents of people falling off cliffs or being hit by cars while playing the game.
In the meantime, there are still a lot of regions in the world where Pokemon GO isn’t available yet. This is probably for the best, as there are still numerous stability issues plaguing the game, such as frequent crashes, glitchy gym battles, and other headaches that current players have to deal with while on their Pokemon adventures.
Once Niantic starts rolling out more updates for Pokemon GO and gets things under control, expect Pokemon GO to come to other regions at a faster pace. Canada, Mexico, and France will probably be next on Niantic’s list, and other major regions like China and Japan shouldn’t be too far behind either.
On the bright side, those that are late to the party will be able to benefit from all the tips and tricks other players have discovered since the game launched last week. For example, they will be able to get Pikachu as their starter, and can also control Eevee’s evolution, which are a couple of things early Pokemon GO players may not have even realized were possible in the game.
Pokemon GO is available for iOS and Android devices in some regions, including Italy, Spain, and Portugal.