Those of you in the United States, New Zealand and Australia who are stoked for the launch of Pokémon GO should get even more excited, because Niantic Labs have launched sign-ups for a field test closed beta.
The upcoming Pokémon game for Android and iOS is due out sometime later this year. As aforementioned in previous articles, the game combines mobile location technology and augmented reality to give players a unique experience that motivates them to “go outside, explore and catch wild Pokémon.” I’m starting to think that this is all a massive ruse to get kids to play outside, and I’m totally cool with it.
Not everyone who signs up for the beta will get selected, but if you are then you’ll be privy to a field test version of the game to download and play to give Niantic feedback. Naturally, since it’s a beta, the features will be limited and some things wont work properly, but that’s to be expected. We signed up, so what are you waiting for?
Just make sure you have Android version 4.3 and above or an iPhone 5 with iOS 8 and above… otherwise it won’t work. If you are selected for the field test, just know that Niantic wants you to keep your experience on the DL and asks you to refrain from sharing any information on social media… but tell us about it anyway.