Niantic and Nintendo’s augmented reality title Pokémon GO has started rolling out on app stores globally, appearing for iOS and Android in Oceanic territories.
While still unavailable in the UK and US at the time of writing, numerous Android users have been able to download the APK file of the game without going through the Play Store, allowing them early access. iOS devices do not support exterior downloading of applications, so if you have an iPhone, you’ll have to sit tight.
Pokémon GO uses your smartphone camera and location services to populate your town with Pokémon, with players being able to battle and catch them while out and about. It’s free to play but comes with a variety of in-app purchases, ranging from £0.79 to £79.99.
Various early players have complained of battery drainage, which Eurogamer have described as a “known issue”:
Battery was at 8% by 1PM. Charged it up and it's already down to 42. Pokemon GO used Mega Drain – super effective. pic.twitter.com/nu8GS5Yv4g
— Paul Watson (@WalnutSoap) July 6, 2016
Pokémon GO will release in the coming days in the UK, and will be available on iOS and Android devices.