While the long-awaited Pokemon Go is now available in a select number of regions, the rest of the world will have to wait a bit longer in the wake of server problems.
Ever since the release of Niantic's augmented-reality app Pokemon Go just a few days ago, players across the U.S, as well as those down under in Australia and New Zealand, have wasted little time in getting up to speed with the game's leveling and battle system. While the app is currently available in a number of select regions, the rest of the world will unfortunately have to wait a bit longer before they can start catching them all.
Speaking to Business Insider, Niantic CEO John Hanke has revealed that the international rollout of Pokemon Go will be halted due to server issues. Hanke states that Niantic is well aware of the server problems, which have been preventing players from launching the app, and are hard at work on a solution.
While Niantic is currently focusing on those server fixes, it means that the release of Pokemon Go in other countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands will be "paused" until the developer is "comfortable" that a solution has been found. As for when international players can expect the app, Hanke did not reveal a release window, though he did state that Niantic have made great progress in fixing the problem after a "great run" of server availability this past Thursday evening Pacific Time.
Soon after Hanke's statement was published, the official Pokemon Go Twitter account tweeted out a similar message regarding the app's delayed international release, though once again no specific release window was specified.
It's not uncommon for online games to suffer from launch day server issues - something that The Division and Street Fighter V can attest to - but despite knowing how much interest there was in Pokemon Go prior to its release, Niantic was still caught by surprise at just how big of a phenomenon the game has already become.
Within 24 hours of its release, Pokemon Go quickly became the iOS App Store's top free game, as well as the store's top grossing game. In fact, the reception has been so remarkable that Pokemon Go's success has lead to a 10% increase in Nintendo's shares, marking their highest level in over two months.
Between reports of someone playing Pokemon Go as his wife gives birth to another person almost losing their job for playing while at work, Pokemon Go has seemingly already become part of everyday life. Hopefully everyone will soon be able to join in on the Pokemon-catching shenanigans, and we'll keep you posted on when Pokemon Go will make its international debut.
Pokemon Go is now available on iOS and Android devices in select regions.