Pokemon Go, the new augmented reality game for Android and iPhones, became a smash hit after rolling out in the United States last week but game developers ?paused? the global release after it became unplayable due to server overload.
Although the initial rollout of Pokemon Go?in Australia and New Zealand ran smoothly, it was a different story in the U.S. as players began reporting connection errors preventing them from launching the game within a day of release.
In response, developer Niantic who made the game along with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company, announced plans to withhold the game release in other countries for now. Niantic CEO John Hanke told Business Insider that the company will delay the global rollout for Pok?mon Go while it works to resolve the server crashes. Hanke said that launching in territories like the United Kingdom and the Netherlands is ?paused until we?re comfortable.?
Hanke added that they had not expected such an enormous response for the game. ?We thought the game would be popular, but it obviously struck a nerve.?
Pokemon GO app became ranked #1 for both free downloads and top grossing on the Apple?s App store after it was launched in the U.S.
The official social media accounts of Pokemon Go such as Facebook and Twitter relayed similar message stating, ?Trainers, thank you for your patience. We have been diligently working to resolve the server issues and will continue rolling out ?#?PokemonGO? to new countries in the coming days.?
Later on, the developers added that they were optimizing their servers and adding more resources to get the global launch on track.
?Trainers, we continue to optimize our servers for the overwhelming popularity of ?#?PokemonGo?. We want to provide you the best experience possible and continue to add new resources to ensure everyone has the chance to explore and capture Pok?mon in the real world. Thank you for your support and patience during this time.?
So hopefully, Pokemon enthusiasts in the UK and the Netherlands will be able to catch the game sooner like maybe within this week. Though there is not much information available for the global release of the game at the moment, the initial press release had informed that Pok?mon GO would be ?coming soon? to Canada, Europe and South America. That could mean Asian nations such as China and India may have to wait longer to get their hands on the mobile game.
Meanwhile, mobile gamers should beware from fake Pokemon Go app which installs viruses and malware. You can check here to for more info regarding the malicious app.
Pok?mon Go is a free-to-play augmented reality mobile game that allows players to capture, battle, train and trade virtual Pok?mons who appear throughout the real world. It first launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this week on July 6 before appearing on the United States iOS App Store and Android Google Play store on July 7.