Pokemon Go might have made an ubelievable sweep across the United States when it released back in July of 2016, but the hit augmented reality-based title has yet to make any sort of proper release over in China. Fortunately for Chinese Pokemon fans, that's soon to change, as developer Niantic Labs has partnered together with NetEase in order to bring the company's massive hit title to Chinese territories.
Speaking in an interview with the Financial Times, Niantic CEO John Hanke mentioned a desire to bring the company's suite of titles to China, as well as some of the studio's ideas regarding how and where to set up new PokeStops.
"We absolutely intend to bring our existing games into China," Hanke said. "Beyond that, there are opportunities to build games in China, both for China and for the world. In terms of dealing with public locations, government policy, regulations and public reaction to people being out in the real world, we have built up our expertise [in China]."
The new partnership with NetEase came about around the time of Niantic's recent Series B funding round, in which the studio was able to secure $200 million thanks to the likes of Founders Fund, Javeline, Meritech, and NetEase, among others. There's still no specific word on when Niantic is trying to release Pokemon GO in China, but word has it that the studio is aiming for a launch sometime in the first half of 2018.
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