Pokémon GO’s Japanese field test plagued by technical issues

by on March 29, 2016

The first field tests of augmented reality mobile title Pokémon GO have kicked off in Japan, and it’s already shaping up to be one bumpy beta.

PocketGamer have reported that the app is refusing to launch, despite only a select number of people being invited to participate. The outlet comments that it appears like the game is nowhere near an acceptable level for beta testing, never mind a release planned for this year. Games industry analyst Dr. Serkan Toto has posted numerous tweets showing that the problems are widespread.

It has also been reported that all of the assets of Pokémon GO have been datamined just hours after its launch, detailing almost every type of item, Pokémon and usable move in the field test version of the app. The lengthy list of assets is available on reddit, if you’re curious enough to trawl through it. Some new footage of gameplay appears to have surfaced on YouTube too, showing the character creation process and the beginning of the exploration phase. The footage can be seen below.

Pokémon GO is being developed by Niantic and is slated for release sometime this year.