Pokemon GO is an upcoming mobile game being produced by Niantic (the developers by AR game Ingress) and The Pokemon Company that uses your actual GPS location and augmented reality to place Pokemon in the real world. Since the game was announced last year, we have learned a lot about it from various leaks from field testers in places like Japan and Australia, and now US residents can get in on the action with their own beta sign-up form.
Beta testing for the game has been going on in other countries for quite some time now, which has contributed to leaks that make up most of what we know about Pokemon GO. Field testers in Japan provided us with gameplay info about a month ago which told us how gyms would work in the game and that combat would not be turn-based. Back in late March we also learned more about the game from data miners in Japan who discovered that the game currently includes all of the original 151 Pokemon, as well as seven new natures that Pokemon might have in the upcoming game. The biggest leak, however, came just a few weeks ago when an Australian field tester released nine minutes of Pokemon GO beta footage. The footage showed us how augmented reality will work in the game, how the real-world map is portrayed in the game, and the different character customization options. Click the links above to read the full details for each leak, and check out the full beta gameplay clip below:
Well, America, now it’s your turn to start leaking some stuff. All people currently residing in the US are eligible to sign up to become a field tester, so long as you have a compatible iOS or Android device. This is not, however, an open beta. Signing up to become a Pokemon GO field tester does not guarantee that you will be chosen to partake in the test. Factors such as OS type and experience with real-world games could affect whether you are chosen or not according to the sign-up sheet. The form also goes into detail explaining that the field tests are being done to help make the game more launch ready using player feedback to improve and polish the game. Because of this, field testers might expect their save data to be wiped regularly over the course of the beta, and field testers will not be allowed to share gameplay or information concerning the game to the public. Click here to access the sign-up form and read more about the more minute details of the beta.
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