Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game from Nintendo and developer Niantic Labs, is out now for both iOS and Android in select countries. The app's Play Store listing is available here and the App Store link here. The app first went live in Australia and New Zealand yesterday before becoming available in the US. According to The Wall Street Journal, The Pokémon Company is recommending Japan users "please wait for a while" for the app's official launch in those markets. It's unclear when the app will launch in the UK, Canada, or other markets.
For those who haven't been following the title's development, the game uses your smartphone's camera and sensors, as well as location-based algorithms, to place pokémon in the real world. That way, as you travel around to landmarks and notable locations in your city, you can catch the creatures and then train and battle them at gyms. The game was created by Niantic, the maker of a similar AR mobile game called Ingress, in collaboration with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. While it's a free app, Pokémon Go does contain microtransactions costing $0.99 to $99.99. You can also purchase a $35 wrist-worn wearable, due out some time this month, that lets you play the game without having to unlock your phone.
Pokémon Go has yet to show up in the App Store
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have kept quiet about Go's release date for quite some time, and representatives from the two companies only dropped cryptic hints during an E3 livestream last month indicating the game would be released some time in July. Even as the public beta testing period ended on June 30th, Nintendo was still mum on an official launch day. So this release should be a welcome surprise for eager fans who've been itching to try the AR experience in the wild.
Update July 5th, 9:51PM ET: Added iOS link.
Update July 6th, 9:13PM ET: Indicated US versions of the iOS and Android app are now live. Added correct US App Store and Play Store links, replacing Australian ones.