Field testing is happening at the end of this month in Japan!!! This information is confirmed by Niantic Labs itself. Users will be chosen to the field test, only in Japan at first. Others regions will get that chance too!
This Beta Field Testing will allow “lucky players” to provide valuable feedback to Niantic in order to improve the game. Those who will participate CAN NOT leak any content from the beta version.
Pokémon GO field testing will begin in Japan
March 3, 2016
The Pokémon Company and Niantic will be inviting users to field test Pokémon GO in Japan later this month. The Pokémon GO field test program will give users the opportunity to share early feedback and help improve the Pokémon GO experience. Please stay tuned for information about expansion of the field test to other markets.
Thank you for your interest in Pokémon GO.
— The Pokémon GO Development Team
To focus on field testing, Niantic Labs cancelled the GDC 2016 hands on preview in order to get the beta test and the launch aligned.
Now that the Field Testing is happening, a release date should be announced soon and more information about the game.
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