The global rollout continues. Slowly.
Pokemon GO is a hit in North America, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and most recently, Canada. However, the game is still a no-show in the country that made Pokemon exist in the first place – Japan.
Speaking with Forbes, Niantic CEO John Hanke mentioned that their server capacity simply wasn’t strong enough to handle Japan’s added population just yet.
‘“At present, the server capacity in Japan is not powerful enough. We are working hard with our partners in Japan to enable the servers to keep up with demand once the game goes online there. We expect it to be released by the end of July,” he says. But other game watchers and those familiar with Japan’s network complexities are suggesting that mid-September looks more likely.’
It’s unsurprising, considering the number of server crashes users have experienced since the launch of the app two weeks ago. It’s also worth noting that Pokemon GO still isn’t available in Asia at all, and even players who have access to the app via an APK file aren’t able to play it without GPS/location spoofing because the servers simply aren’t available yet. Understandably, this has led to a lot of impatience and frustration, and the lack of a release window and Niantic’s persistent silence isn’t helping the situation either.
For now, the best Asian fans can do is hope for a release at the end of July. Who knows? Maybe the servers will have stabilized by then.