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Pokémon GO is go for launch in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom seems considerably less, well, united than it used to be. But if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that they want a chance to play Pokémon GO. Niantic’s augmented reality take on the classic Nintendo franchise is a smash hit in its first week, though a limited launch means that only those in the US, Australia, New Zealand, and just yesterday Germany have been able to play it so far. Now that launch has officially expanded to the UK, according to the official Pokémon GO Twitter account:

UK Trainers, the wait is over. #PokemonGO is now officially available to be installed from Google Play or iTunes.

— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 14, 2016

So from Brighton to Belfast, from Glasgow to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, go download the game and wear out the soles of your shoes trying to catch ’em all. Be aware that since the core of the game is more or less like Niantic’s previous title Ingress, Pokestops (where you get new items), Pokemon Gyms (where you battle other players’ monsters), and the Pokémon themselves seem to be heavily weighted towards urban areas. Trying to hunt them down across England’s green and pleasant land will be difficult without at least a decent-sized town nearby.


 Also know that Pokémon GO’s launch has ben fraught with server outages and errors, especially around the contested Pokémon Gyms. If you happen to be busy during the work week, it might not be amiss to wait to jump into everything until the initial rush is over and the servers aren’t quite so slammed.

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