'Pokemon Go' release date in India: Fans express frustration over extended delay
'Pokemon Go' release date in India: Fans express frustration over extended delayIBTimes India/Sami Khan

The craze surrounding Nintendo's Pokemon Go is phenomenal around the globe. Gamers in India are anxiously waiting for its official release, and it appears like many have run out of patience as they have downloaded Pokemon Go APK file to play the game despite malware threats associated with such unofficial application software.

The popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game was first released on July 6 in three countries – the United States, Australia and New Zealand – before spreading to the UK, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Canada. The game was expected to debut in Asia by coming to Japan this week, but it didn't happen. Now, it is not clear when it will be released in the country.

Interestingly, Japan, South Korea and China are among the top gaming countries in the world. It is confirmed that Pokemon Go will be released in Japan, however, it won't come as a surprise if it is not launched in South Korea because of security reasons, and China over government regulations. It may come to these countries late even if it happens.

[Read: Things Indian gamers shouldn't forget while playing Pokemon Go]

However, the game is expected to come to India soon after it is released in Japan, which means it can happen as early as August first week. However, makers of Pokemon Go are yet to announce the release schedule of the game. The company is planning to make it available in about 200 countries.

[Read: Steps to download Pokemon Go]

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality mobile game initially made available only to Android and iOS devices, but Microsoft has now confirmed that it will come to Windows phones. The game, which is free (in-app purchases required for enhancements), lets players catch Pokemon in real life environment.

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