It took a few days, but
Pokémon GO has finally restarted its global launch. It came to Germany Wednesday, the UK Thursday, and this morning it arrived in a few additional European nations: Italy, Spain, and Portugal. There are plenty of other countries out there eagerly anticipating its arrival, such as Brazil, and it sounds like Niantic fully intends to release it in as many areas of the world as possible. In fact, CEO John Hanke claims that the company wants to release it in 200 regions and countries “relatively soon“—no exact time frame was given, but Niantic’s Ingress was noted to have taken one or two months to reach that number.
However, some place will a bit more difficult to reach than others. Specifically, Hanke cites South Korea and China as locations that they would like to reach but will struggle to do so. The difficulty with South Korea mostly stems from the restrictions they place on Google Maps, as a detailed map of the nation could be utilized by North Korea, but Hanke still expects Pokémon GO to launch there eventually. China is a bit more tricky and less-certain area, as they have numerous regulations that would have to be adhered to. Hanke did not mention any specifics about what would make it tricky to bring the game to the Chinese.
Has Pokémon GO come to your region of the world yet? Which countries do you think Niantic will unlock the game for next? How long might it take to reach the 200 markets that Niantic is aiming for? Give us your thoughts in the comments!