Given that the entire Pokémon series and everything that has spawned in the phenomenon’s wake has come from Japan, you would think that The Pokémon Company would be putting the recent hit Pokémon GO out there as quickly as possible, right?
Well, actually, no. Pokémon GO has not yet launched in its home country, and fans are growing more impatient by the day. And of course, when I say “fans,” I mean myself, but I know I’m not alone in my sulking impatience. Trust me, the official Japanese Pokémon Twitter page is not a happy place these days.
Pokémon GO developer Niantic CEO John Hanke has addressed the problem, though, issuing a statement in Forbes that blames server strength. No, the true reason behind this delay is not bureaucratic business deals with unhealthy food joints after all.
At present, the server capacity in Japan is not powerful enough. We are working hard with our partners in Japan to enable the servers to keep up with demand once the game goes online there. We expect it to be released by the end of July.
Less than two weeks to go, I guess. I already have the US client installed on my phone and my first Bulbasaur caught. However, the game itself is an empty, joyless experience as it stands right now, acting as nothing but a low-grade GPS service and battery drainer.