Pokemon, Sony Seek Games Expansion in Greater China in 2018

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Equally, Niantic has also previously confirmed that certain Pokémon now appear more frequently in weather conditions that correspond to their Pokemon type. But NetEase said in article sent to the Global Times that the report has no clear evidence to support this conclusion.

Video game developer Niantic has announced that its popular Pokemon Go game will launch in China.

Hanke provided no timetable for release of the game, nor any details of how the game will surmount other regulatory hurdles in China. The game has made several updates since its debut in 2016 and even though Mr. Hanke said that the number of players has decreased, he also mentioned that there is a solid core of players who continue to play the game. "It would be much more hard to create a convincing Star Wars game in augmented reality".

John Hanke, chief executive of the U.S. firm, told the FT that it "absolutely" meant to take its games to China - the worlds largest mobile market.

John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, states, "We absolutely intend to bring our existing games into China".

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Entering China, the world's biggest mobile market, would help revive the game's flagging popularity. "2018 is about the journey to Mars". Wrote one confused Pokemon GO Silph Road user.

"NetEase is experienced with worldwide partnerships - such as the one for Minecraft, a very popular game for young Chinese".

The anticipation is already building among some Chinese gamers.

"I would have totally forgotten about this game if I hadn't seen this news", one gamer wrote on microblogging platform Weibo. The first launched on Christmas day, which opened more chances for players to collect eggs with Baby Pokemon.

Some Chinese game developers tried to create copycat versions of Pokemon Go after its meteoric success, but they failed to gain traction and met with disapproval from the authorities.

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