I'm glad to announce that after waiting for weeks for the release of Pokemon GO in South East Asia, it is finally HERE!
Pokemon GO has been released yesterday morning in 15 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau
You can get the official Pokemon GO game here.
Have fun and don't forget to be aware of your surroundings to prevent any accidents.
Pokemon Go has raised some concerns with players getting too absorbed in the game and neglecting their surrounding and trespassing into private properties.
Seems like with so much attention the game is getting, the Singapore government will be monitoring the impacts of Pokemon Go.
In response to this news, Razer Inc's CEO has criticised the government's decision and states that excessive censoring and control over video games will impede cultivating creativity in the country.
Meanwhile, other Singaporeans have also voiced their concern over the Pokemon Go game.
It has not been announced when will Pokemon Go be made available to the Singapore and Malaysia players.
We can use this link to check if Pokemon Go has become available in our country. The website will update the availability status in real-time (after every few minutes).
Availability status of Pokemon Go in Singapore and Malaysia:-
Singapore - Yes
Malaysia - Yes
Availability status of Pokemon Go in other South East Asia countries:-
Brunei - Yes
Burma (Myanmar) - No
Cambodia - Yes
East Timor - No
Indonesia - Yes
Laos - Yes
the Philippines - Yes
Thailand - Yes
Vietnam - Yes
Update as at 7 August 2016 2.30 a.m. (UTC +08:00)
John Hanke mentioned in an interview that there will be more classic features like Pokemon trading with friends in the future.
In fact, Hanke says, Niantic almost didn’t include the Pokémon games’ key element of “evolving” a Pokémon into a new form to make it stronger, because they were afraid it might be too complicated for new players. But they eventually relented. And sooner rather than later, Hanke says, more classic features like Pokémon trading with friends is coming.