KUALA LUMPUR: Local gamers are eagerly awaiting the release of Pokemon Go in Malaysia, as news comes that the gaming app is set to be launched in Asia today.
The game, which has already taken the world by storm with reports of servers crashing, requires players to go outdoors and “catch” Pokemon via the geo-location on their smartphones.
IT technician Muhamad Zairi Abdul Rahim, 27, is looking forward to realising his dream of becoming a Pokemon trainer and having “real” battles with other players.
“I am from Kedah but I barely travel around the state. With this game, I should have the opportunity to do so now,” he told The Star.
Pokemon Go has been released in the United States, Australia, Germany and recently, Britain, on Android and iOS.
It uses the smartphone’s camera to create an augmented-reality experience so that the Pokemon appears to be physically present at the player’s location.
Digital marketing assistant Nicholas Yap, 23, admitted that he was a bit “miffed” that a Pokemon game, which was previously available on gaming consoles, had become widely available.
“Despite this, I think the good outweighs the bad. The hype has reconnected many people and is a great example of how video games can change lives,” said Yap, who is from Subang Jaya.
Sharing a similar sentiment is Al Bukhari Md Isa, 18, from Pantai Remis.
“But guess what? The community will grow bigger which can unite us. We will get to meet new friends, hunt for Pokemon together and that makes it more fun,” he said.