Niantic has put up “field test” page for Japanese users that can be found here. Don’t try clicking it if you are outside of Japan though as it won’t work. The test will start “later this month” and it is expected to hit other regions in the following weeks. Whew, at least we don’t have to wait too long!
“The Pokemon Company and Niantic will be inviting users to field test Pokemon Go in Japan later this month,” Niantic said. “The Pokemon Go field test program will give a limited number of users early access to the app. These users will have the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokemon Go experience for everyone prior to public launch.”
For those that are not familar, Pokemon Go will let fans catch pokemon in real world locations. You can utilize an app on your smartphone, or pair it up with wrist watch that will vibrate and light up to notify you of nearby Pokemon. The game is expected to hit sometime in 2016 and will be free, with in-app purchases.
Nintendo/Niantic cancelled an upcoming Pokemon Go event at GDC (Game Developers Conference) to focus on the game, so you never know if perhaps the game is releasing sooner rather than later.