Pokemon GO is out now on iOS and Android

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Last September, we saw the trailer for a game that blew our minds. It was a game that was set to make one of our childhood dreams a reality. This was a game that would allow us finally go on a journey to become a Pokemon Master. This game from the makers of Ingress, in partnership with the Pokemon Company, is Pokemon Go and it’s finally out on both Android and iOS!

For those of who are not Pokemon fans, Pokemon GO is an augmented reality game for both Android and iOS. The game is based on the iconic and classic Pokemon video games series which is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon”, which humans known as Pokémon Trainers catch and train to battle each other for sport. Since the birth of the franchise in 1995, Pokemon has always been set in a fictional world. Until last year that is.

The journey of Pokemon GO

Last year, The Pokemon Company (the holding company responsible for Pokemon) formed a partnership with Niantic Labs. You might not have heard of Niantic Labs, but you’ll likely have heard of its first augmented reality game: Ingress. In fact, Sri Lanka has a large and very active group of Ingress players. With the partnership of these two groups, the mission was simple: to bring Pokemon to the real world. And so, Pokemon GO was born.

One of our greatest childhood dreams was about to become a reality. To say we were excited would have been an understatement. But that’s not to say we weren’t a wee bit skeptical. Both Niantic and The Pokemon Company had made a huge promise with Pokemon GO. Furthermore, neither one of them had given us a release date.

Game Freak's Junichi Masuda, The Pokémon Company's Tsunekazu Ishihara, Niantic's John Hanke, and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto at the Pokemon GO announcement (Image credits: The Verge)
Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda, The Pokémon Company’s Tsunekazu Ishihara, Niantic’s John Hanke, and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto at the Pokemon GO announcement (Image credits: The Verge)

And so months passed and we resumed with our lives, except for the occasional update. Then the beta began. As hyped as we were to finally see progress, it was not available in Sri Lanka. And so once again we waited. Finally at E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo last month, Nintendo dropped a bomb on us. They announced that Pokemon GO would be available in July. Once again, there was no exact date. Only the month.

We had no idea what day Pokemon GO would be installed on our phones. Until now because today is that day. Today is the day Pokemon GO is finally available – in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

How to play Pokemon GO in Sri Lanka

Yes, officially Pokemon GO is only available in a few select countries at the moment. Considering the size of the global Pokemon fanbase, that’s very few select countries. However, that’s not to say that those of us outside these countries can’t play Pokemon.

If you’re on Android, you can download the APK file here*. It’s best you download it from your phone. Once you’ve downloaded the file, just open it and you can install the app. The only catch is that you’ll have to mess with your security settings a bit. This is to allow your phone to install apps from outside the Play Store. And that’s it. As for iOS, we’re still trying to figure that out. Once we have the answer we’ll update the article.

Pokemon GO in action
Pokemon GO in action

Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can finally go on your journey to be a Pokemon master. So far, we’ve been playing it all morning and can confirm that Pokemon GO does indeed work in Sri Lanka. Pokemon will spawn as you travel on the roads. You will also find Pokemon Gyms and other rival trainers on your journey. There are a few bugs and the spawning could use a bit of work. But that’s irrelevant. Right now, we are happy Pokemon trainers on a journey to become the very best, like no one ever was.

*You should only download APK files you trust. ReadMe is not responsible in the event your phone suffers any damage from downloading APK’s. 

20 COMMENTS

  1. If you’ve downloaded the apk file, please check this out: http://aminoapps.com/p/3uwjz

    I was as excited to download the app and actually played it a bit. But after reading this, immediately uninstalled the app. It’s up to you though! I’m just going to wait for the official release in SL.

    Gotta catch em all!

    • Sadly no. Some of us here are actually skeptical if it even will be released here. Anyways i dont think until the developer’s fix their server issue they will release. I hope they release it 😀

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