Pokemon Go has been testing in Japan for the last few weeks, with eager gamers around the world waiting for their turn. Now those in the US can stop waiting, with the news that Pokemon Go field tests will arrive in the US some time later this month. This means that a select few will be able to try out the mobile game, with a planned launch later this year.
“Pokémon GO is a real world game that will launch on iOS and Android devices in 2016,” reads the announcement from developer Niantic, Inc. “This game is being produced by Niantic, Inc. in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, and combines mobile location technology and augmented reality to create a unique game experience that motivates players to go outside, explore, and catch wild Pokémon in the world around them. Because the game involves numerous people playing in multiple countries at the same time, we have a lot to test before we publicly launch.” Sign ups are already live, though registering does not guarantee access to the field tests.
Here’s how to sign up for the Pokemon Go field tests in the US: simply click here and click sign up, then fill out the form. It will ask for the usual info, such as email, mobile OS, and even your Ingress info. Ingress is another game developed by Niantic, with similar styling to Pokemon Go. Fill it out as best you can and submit to be in the running for the tests.
There’s some extra info, such as the specific versions of iOS and Android that you will need, as well as all of the confidentiality requirements on the page linked above. Be sure to read through it all if you actually want to be a part of the tests, as some of it could be very important.