Five months after it was first released, Pokémon Go is now headed to India thanks to a partnership between developer Niantic and telecoms company Reliance Jio. The augmented reality (AR) title, initially released July 6, will arrive for free to Android and iOS in India on Wednesday, December 14.
“We are delighted to partner with Jio to launch Pokémon Go in India. It’s exciting to see Pokémon fans in India step out and explore their neighbourhoods in search of Pokémon and Jio’s disruptive high-speed 4G LTE Network will be an excellent way to experience the game,” said Niantic’s CEO John Hanke in a statement.
Reliance Jio will also deliver an exclusive Pokémon Go channel to its messaging app to help players communicate, while its Reliance Digital (and partner) stores will become in-game PokéStops and gyms. Further, Reliance Jio is offering new users free data until March 31, 2017, which could prove useful for players of the persistently online Pokémon Go.
“With over 500 million downloads globally, we are excited to launch Pokémon Go officially in India on the Reliance Jio network. Our partnership with Niantic not only brings access to the Pokémon Go app but also opens the door to more opportunities for our customers to enjoy content on Jio’s one-of-a-kind mobile broadband network,” said Reliance Jio president Mathew Oommen.
Pokémon Go will be available to download from the Play Store at the link from tomorrow.