'Pokemon Go' Latest News, Release Date & Update: Starts Trading Soon; Asia Launch Date Announced

By V Doctor , Updated Jul 26, 2016 06:21 AM EDT
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The hit "Pokemon Go" mobile game officially launched in Hong Kong on July 24, 2016. Hong Kong became the second place in Asia where players get to play the Pokemon Go game.

On July 6, 2016, the "Pokemon Go" game launched in the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The Pokemon Go title continued to spread to several other countries like Canada, Japan and France.

There were also "Pokemon Go" players from other parts of the globe who successfully downloaded the "Pokemon Go" game using VPN and other methods.

Earlier versions of the game have also presented downed servers and glitches. The developers have since released a couple of updates to address the issues.

Otakukart reported that John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs, announced at San Diego Comic-Con that trading in "Pokemon Go" will commence in the next available update.

Several "Pokemon Go" players were excited to discover that they can finally acquire pocket monsters that are still missing in their collection by dealing with other players.

Certain types of "Pokemon Go" characters may be added and only be acquired via trading. In the beta version, the trading approach was available on a local scale only, but gave trainers opportunities to catch other types of Pokemon.

"Pokemon Sun" and "Pokemon Moon" will be the first titles that will be launched in traditional and simplified Chinese.

However, attempts to unify local translations of the names of Pokemon were not well-received by fans, particularly because the translation also altered the proper pronunciation of the famous character, Pikachu.

According to John Hanke, Poke Trading in the "Pokemon Go" game will be one of its core elements. The stakes will even be higher when big spenders start using the feature and legendary Pokemon are subsequently added to the "Pokemon Go" game.

TechInAsia wrote that "Pokemon Go" players have grown quickly in the past few weeks. The game requires them to physically move to various places in search of the adorable little creatures.

The popularity of the "Pokemon Go" mobile game has also became a cause for concern among authorities, since many players fail to look where they are going or may trespass private property.

There have been instances of "Pokemon Go" gamers getting arrested, shot at and killed after being mistaken for robbers. Players have been cautioned to stay aware of their surroundings while playing the game.

"Pokemon Go" was created by Nintendo and Niantic Labs. More updates and details on "Pokemon Go" are expected soon.

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