TechCrunch is reporting that Pokémon GO will be coming to Japan tomorrow alongside a special sponsorship deal which will see 3000 McDonald's outlets transformed into gyms within the game.

This report flies in the face of the official line from developer Niantic, which has previously stated that the app would not be coming to Japan until late July at the earliest. The company hasn't commented on the report, but in the past Niantic has only confirmed regional launches after they've taken place.

Gyms are a focal point in the game, allowing players to pit their Pokémon against one another and build experience. It is understood that if the campaign is a success, it will be rolled out globally.

[source eurogamer.net, via techcrunch.com]