Pokemon Go has, it’s fair to say, become something of a phenomenon bot around the world and in the UK. Impressive when you consider it still doesn’t have a confirmed release date in this country on either iOS or Android.
That hasn’t stopped countless waves of fans either manually downloading the game onto their Android smartphones or pretending they’re actually form New Zealand on iPhone.
Well all that trouble could soon be over as a source has confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that the game could be launching within just a few days.
The WSJ claims that “people familiar with plans for the game” have revealed that the wait will be over as the game gets a staggered release across the world.
Launching originally in Australia and New Zealand, USA and Japan, the game has become a smash hit.
More people are playing Pokemon Go than checking Twitter, its even overtaken Tinder.
All of this will be sweet music to Nintendo’s ears, a company which has seen its shares skyrocket in the last few days adding a staggering $9 billion to the company’s value alone.
Of course that hasn’t stopped the game from enjoying its fair share of controversy.
In the US alone there have been reports of armed robbers using the game as a means of luring victims to a certain location.
While another user actually stumbled upon a dead body while trying to hunt for rare Pokemon down by a river.
What is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality experience which allows players to find Pokemon, capture them and then battle, all within the real world.
The game world is essentially the real world, with landmarks set as “Gyms”. Once a player has enough Pokemon of a high enough level they can challenge the gym and ultimately become the gym leader.
Once in charge other players can then head to that gym and try and win control from you.
The game is free to download on iOS and Android but it does contain microtransactions that allow the player to buy in-game items like extra Pokeballs.
How Do I Get Pokemon Go On My iPhone/Android Phone?
So here’s the tricky bit.
You can’t officially get Pokemon Go in the UK yet, but there are a couple of ways to get around it:
Download Pokemon Go on Android in the UK:
If you’re desperate to start playing you can do something called side-loading on Android.
This involves downloading a version of the game and then physically dragging and dropping it from a computer to your smartphone.
There are a few issues with this method, most notably that there are reports of downloadable versions being filled with malware.
Download Pokemon Go on iPhone in the UK:
If you’re on iOS the process is a little safer, but equally as complicated. You’ll need to sign out of the iTunes Store. Change the location of your App Store to New Zealand, create a new iTunes account for New Zealand and then once it has downloaded sign out and sign back in with your UK account.
Again, this comes with a catch which is that the game is linked only to your New Zealand iTunes account, so if you want to update/download it again you’ll need to sign out and then sign back in.
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