As Pokémon GO came to Australia, New Zealand and the US last week, it seems the game won’t be hitting the UK until developer Niantic has server issues under control.
“We thought the game would be popular but obviously it’s struck a nerve.” said Niantic CEO John Hanke in an interview with Business Insider (via. Eurogamer). Hanke also stated that the game’s release in further countries will remain “paused until we’re comfortable”.
A tweet was also sent out via Pokémon GO’s official Twitter account, confirming that the game will continue to hit more countries “soon.”
Thank you for your patience. We have been working to fix the server issues. We will continue rolling out #PokemonGO to new countries soon.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 8, 2016
Though the game is only officially out in Australia, New Zealand and USA, there is an online workaround that allows players from other countries to get in on the poké-goodness early. However, some are wary that installing Pokémon GO in this way could result in a ban from Niantic.
Pokémon GO is the charming newest addition to Nintendo’s mobile fare. The augmented-reality game sees players sifting their real-life surroundings to discover and collect different pokémon, using an Android or iOS device. As in the beloved video game franchise, each new area brings different native types, encouraging trainers to venture out into a variety of different environments.