Though Pokémon Go recently saw its GDC presentation get cancelled, there's no real suggestion as yet that the project is in trouble; to the contrary developer Niantic is gearing up to send its app into the real world.
In a short but sweet blog update the developer has stated that it's planning a field test of the real-world AR-based game in Japan, with the objective being to spread the tests further in the coming months.
The Pokémon Company and Niantic will be inviting users to field test Pokémon GO in Japan later this month. The Pokémon GO field test program will give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience. Please stay tuned for information about expansion of the field test to other markets.
It's going to be a significant release for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company - as co-publishers - on mobile this year. There's little doubt it'll attract a lot of interest and downloads, so much focus will surely be on how the experience stands up. Running field tests is certainly a sensible way to identify and fix early issues.
Would you be keen to take part in a 'field test' of Pokémon Go this year?
With thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up.