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Pokémon GO beta invites are going out to U.S. testers

Niantic Labs is now sending out invites in the U.S. to players who wanted to beta test its upcoming Pokémon GO augmented reality game.

Beta testing for the game had already begun in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. In a blog post, Niantic says:

Trainers can now help Pokémon evolve, opening up a whole new area of gameplay. Trainers can also find and collect Pokémon Eggs in addition to fully grown Pokémon. Trainers will get a good workout as you must walk a preset distance in order to hatch the Egg and find out what Pokémon will emerge. Incubators are provided to help with this process. Trainers also will encounter Pokémon Gyms at real-world locations. Pokémon Gyms are special locations where Trainers can test their Pokémon in battles as they compete to win control of the Gym for one of three Pokémon Trainer teams.

Pokémon GO is expected to officially launch later this year.

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  • Awesome. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Frantically hitting refresh on my Inbox now... :P hahaha
  • If any of you got invites can you invite others? Please? :D
  • Pretty sure thats not how it works
  • I would've totally jumped on this, but I shudder to imagine the battery drain this game would put on your phone, especially a beta version. Pokemon Go looks like it'd keep your phone active even more than Ingress would.
  • Yeah, I was excited at first but then I just thought about how much of a battery drain this game is gonna be and I was just like, no... Haha Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ingress only eats my battery when I actually have it open. Even simply switching away causes it to basically suspend the app so I notice no battery drain. Really the only battery drain involves the GPS usage. If you're confident in using your phone with Google Maps, Ingress and Pokemon Go will work fine for you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • KitKat on a 6P lol
  • Can anyone who gets an invite post info about what the invite looks like/who it's from, etc.? I want to make sure I don't miss it if I get one.
  • Well here is what I found
  • Right, that's the sign-up page that was in the news a week or two ago.
  • OK, my bad
    I just sign up for it.
    I got bored of Ingress after level 16
  • I got my invite. It's from the Pokémon Go Team, if you're looking for it in Gmail. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does everyone who signed up get an invite, or is it random? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Japan and Australia betas were random from what I hear. So I'd expect US to be similar. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I got mine, it was a pretty standard email. So far its fun, its more like a pokemon skin on ingress than a pokemon game though. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just got my invite but it's not letting me download :/
  • while this is all good, it only means that we in the arab world will not be able to enjoy this game any time soon :(
  • I'm still waiting and hoping that I get an invite, but if I haven't gotten it by now maybe I won't. Which sucks. :(