Niantic has announced on their blog this morning something that I've been waiting all year for: when Pokemon GO will first become available in Australia and New Zealand.
In a blog post on their site, the maker of Ingress announced that field testing -- similar to the beta that has been live in Japan for around a fortnight -- for Pokemon GO has been extended to Australia and New Zealand, with the test to begin later this month.
Pokémon GO field testing will begin in Australia and New Zealand later this month. For more details visit: https://t.co/EhM9zoY49E
— Niantic (@NianticLabs) April 7, 2016
"Please note that sign up doesn’t guarantee access to the field test. The Pokémon GO field test will give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience," the company posted.
For those interesting in playing -- of which there are many -- you'll need to meet the following requirements:
Android: Version 4.3 and above is required. We currently do not support Intel Atom-based Android devices. iPhone: iPhone 5 with iOS 8 and above is required. Playability is not guaranteed on all devices.
Testers are also asked to keep all details confidential, and that the field test can end at any period without prior notice.
You can sign up for the beta over at the Niantic/Pokemon GO site here, which I've certainly already done. Just keep in mind any of the rewards you come across won't be reimbursed to your account when Pokemon GO actually goes live. "Please consider the actual improvement of game as the reward for participating the program," the developers added.