Pokémon GO Update: Field tests to start in Australia and New Zealand

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Pokémon GO is the most anticipated mobile game of the year and as mentioned in a previous report, Niantic has started field testing in Japan last month. According to the latest Pokémon GO update, field testing will be starting shortly in Australia and New Zealand.

GameSpot reports these two countries will become the first Western nations to play the developmental versions of the augmented reality game. For those interested Pokémon gamers, you can sign up to be a part of the field testing by going to Niantic’s official website.

Users can be part of the field tests if they reside in Australia or New Zealand and have an iOS or Android device. However, Niantic has a reminder that playability will not be guaranteed on all devices at this stage of development.

Only a certain number of users will be selected based on factors such as OS-types, AR gaming experience and “luck.” Players who are selected will provide feedback to Niantic to help them improve the final version of the game before its official release.

Niantic also requires selected players to remain silent about the details of the game as they have a non-disclosure clause during the sign-up. They are not allowed to sharing content of the field test on their social media accounts.

However, it did not deter some users to leak information from the Japanese field test. Game details such as the number of available Pokémon, move sets and attacks, evolution gameplay and more were released by Reddit user Juxlos.

In other Pokémon GO update news, the game’s official website has released new confirmed information. It includes the following:

  • Users are called Trainers that will level up to be able to catch more powerful Pokémon.
  • The higher the Trainer level, more powerful items like Great Balls will be available to use.
  • Pokémon Eggs are available at PokéStops. It will hatch after walking a certain distance and it could be a new Pokémon.
  • Users will be required to be part of the three-player team at some point in the game.
  • Gyms can be claimed from other users by engaging in a Pokémon battle.

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