‘Pokemon GO’ Latest News & Update: India Launch Teased; Niantic CEO John Hanke Hints Major Changes

By Ritwik Roy , Updated Sep 19, 2016 07:22 PM EDT
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"Pokemon GO" is currently available in more than 100 countries around the world but one of its major markets, India, is yet to play the game. Niantic Labs has finally broken the silence to shed some light on making the game available in other countries, with a specific focus on India.

Niantic CEO John Hanke, in a blog post, acknowledged the tremendous response from players belonging to different age groups and lifestyles. Hanke also pointed out how the "Pokemon GO" team is working hard to bring the game to the remaining countries.

"We are working hard to bring the game to more (India, we hear you!)" Hanke wrote in the blog post. During the recent TechCrunch event, Hanke had said how the "Pokemon GO" team has its hands full and hence cannot concentrate on other things, such as bringing the game to other countries, especially India.

Hanke mentioned how during the US launch, Niantic, maker of "Pokemon GO," had blown through its machine quota. He had to send an emergency email to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking for reinforcements. Google was quick to respond to the email and kept things going.

Now that things have cooled down a bit, Niantic can focus on making the game available to other major markets such as India, China, South Asia and parts of Africa, writes Mobile & Apps. Folks in India can breathe easy now as it is more or less clear that India is in Niantic's mind. However, it is still not known which country(s) will get the "Pokemon GO" first.

In the blog post, Hanke hinted at something big for "Pokemon GO" in an indirect way. He said that Niantic has only scratched the surface of the gameplay and that the company has tall aims to wow its steady user base. He also confirmed that PvP battles will be added to the roadmap in future. Generation 2 Pokemon may soon make their presence felt.

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