‘Gotta catch them all’ was the Pokemon Go catchphrase we all heard multiple times in 2016 and 2017. Pokemon Go was an instant hit when it was released by its developers; Niantic, Nintendo, and The Pokemon Company. It is an augmented reality AR game and part of the already popular Pokemon franchise. The game is a free-to-play title that helped it spread like wildfire as almost everyone could access it, as it was initially for Android and iOS, but was also available on Nintendo Switch before the official launch. Pokemon Go gameplay involves players using their mobile device GPS to identify, locate, capture, train, and fight virtual creatures known as Pokemon, hence the name of the game.
The game supports in-game purchases for additional game purchases. What’s more, the game offers free advertising for businesses too. At its official launch, it received lots of applause and corresponding criticism too but the success of the game can be seen in the over 500 million downloads it got worldwide at the end of its launch year. Pokemon Go has been praised for its contribution to improving AR tech and promotion of physical activity among young people who made up most of its user and fan base. As Pokemon Go is a worldwide game, it makes sense it should be available in almost every language. Let’s talk about how to change language in Pokemon Go.
How to Change Language on Pokemon Go
From our findings, changing the language on Pokemon Go depends on the platform or device you are using. At the point of download, the game automatically adapts the default language of your device. Basically, to change the language in Pokemon Go, you will have to update the language of your mobile device. This was the state of affairs till late 2017 when the developers’ Twitter handle responded to a question bothering language change with a new update; players can change the game language by setting their region to match with the country where the language is spoken.
For example, setting your in-game region to ‘United States’ will make it possible to play the game in English, while changing the same to Japan will make changes to the game language to match Japanese. Despite this update, there are still many complaints from players about the game language not switching even when they changed their region settings to match another language.
We recommend you lay such complaints on the official social media handles and pages of Pokemon Go or that of the game developers. Also, kindly share this info with friends and compare notes with them regarding the same.
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