There are only a few months left (probably) before the young and young at heart will be able to live out their Pokémon fantasies in glorious augmented reality with the upcoming Pokémon GO game. But a select few will get an early ticket to Kanto (or wherever you set a Pokémon game with an entire planet's worth of playing surface). Today The Pokémon Company announced that it was looking for participants for the game's "Field Test," and registration is open on the US site. (It may be open to others, but we can't verify that.)
Prospective beta testers should head to this address and register for an invitation to the Pokémon-catching-training-trading-battling game. As The Pokémon Company points out, registering doesn't automatically grant you a slot in the field test... but if you don't register, you'll definitely have to wait like the rest of us.
Pokémon GO is an augmented reality game that adapts the classic Nintendo franchise into the "real world," allowing players to travel to specific real-world locations to catch Pokémon or battle other trainers. The game is being developed in partnership with Niantic Labs, the makers of the popular Ingress AR game. It's still not clear precisely when the game will be released in its final form, but if the developers are soliciting the public for beta testers, it can't be too far off.
- The Pokémon Company