Pokemon Go Field Test Now Accepting U.S. Sign-Ups

Good news for all Pokemon fans. Earlier today, Niantic Labs and The Pokemon Company announced that they are ready to accept registrations for an excitingly new game they have created. Not to be confused as just another app, Pokemon Go is a game that uses technology that allows the players to collect, train and even battle Pokemon characters in real life. Prior to this announcement, the two companies tested the game in Australia and New Zealand. With today's announcement, the company is finally ready to accept registrations to be part of the game's Field Test in the United States.

Previously, Pokemon Go gameplay footage and screenshots of the game leaked to the public. This material showed some of the basic mechanics needed to learn to play the game. It was also through these leaks where real world elements of the game were found to heavily use the GPS and a live camera feed from a mobile device. While playing the game, each Pokemon Go player will have to join in one of the three teams before they can start engaging in gym battles. After joining a team, a player may assign a Pokemon to an empty gym found at real locations in the world. Since only one Pokemon per player may be placed at a given gym, each of the members of the team will have to plan together so they can build a strong defense. Once a gym has been claimed by a team, it will be challenged by the other teams to battle.

For individuals who are interested in taking part in this exciting game, all it takes is to fill out the sign-up form. This requires a Google Account email as well as the mobile OS they are currently using which includes either Android or iOS. Ingress players are able to enter their Agent Name and Level as well, although these pieces of information are optional. Prior to taking part in the Pokemon Go Field Test in the US, each player that has been accepted will have to sign a confidentiality agreement. While this is a pretty exciting venture for Pokemon fans, signing up does not immediately guarantee they will be entered into the Field Test. As a matter of fact, there is a number of warnings to pay attention to. The Field Test is currently only open to individuals in the US, New Zealand or Australia. Each individual should have an Android device operating Android 4.3 OS or higher or an iPhone 5 running iOS 8 or above.

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