Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm, even in places where it isn't officially available yet. Pokemon Go was built by Niantic and The Pokemon Company, and allows you to go out and catch 'em all in the real world. Pokemon Go has been available in a few countries since last week. While many other countries still did not officially have the game, that didn't keep users from playing it. However, Pokemon Go launched in Germany today, beginning its European rollout.
Those in Germany using either iOS or Android will find that the Pokemon Go game is now available to download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, respectively. This means that what Niantic said earlier this week is completely true. That Japan and European countries would be able to play the game in "the next few days". There's still no word on when it'll be available in other countries in Europe, but it shouldn't be too far out now. Currently, Pokemon Go is available in Australia, New Zealand, the US and now Germany. With still plenty of other countries to come, Niantic has quite the roll out ahead of itself. Hopefully the company can figure out the server issues before it rolls out to more countries.
Pokemon Go is loosely based off of Ingress, which was Niantic's first game. Both games used AR or Augmented Reality, and forced users to walk more and explore their city. Ingress was invite-only for quite some time, and then finally launched on iOS. It never really got hugely popular, like Pokemon Go has. Although that is likely due to the fact that Pokemon was very popular in the 2000s. Meaning that most adults in their 20's and even 30's, were likely huge fans of Pokemon, growing up. Pokemon Go has become the most popular game on both Android and iOS, and quicker than any other game in history. That's quite the feat for Nintendo, The Pokemon Company and Niantic, to say the least. Although, it is a bit ironic that Google and Apple are making more off of the game than Nintendo is.