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Pokémon Go begins global expansion with German launch (update)

It will travel across the land, launching far and wide

Pokémon Go has launched in Germany, according to the game's official Twitter page. This is the first European country to receive the game, which hit the U.S., Australia and New Zealand one week ago.

The German release follows a report from earlier this week that a European launch was imminent. Pokémon fans in other countries around the continent are still waiting for the game to make it their way; the Pokémon Go Twitter account suggests that they continue to watch out on social media for updates.

Players in Asian territories — like Japan, Pokémon's birthplace — have also yet to receive the game. A full-scale Asian launch is also expected within the week.

Stateside, Pokémon Go has been out on iOS and Android for just under a week, but it's already proven to be a major hit for the franchise. For those who have yet to try out the game, check out our tips for the total beginner. After that, move on to our more in-depth FAQ, which has the answers on everything you'd ever think to ask about, and while playing, Pokémon Go.

Update: As of Thursday morning, the game was also officially available for download on both iOS and Android in the UK, continuing Niantic's slow rollout of the game in its European market.

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