The Pokemon Company's CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara has confirmed that the studio is looking to bring Pokemon GO to China.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Ishihara stated that he wanted to expand the game to the market, but that issues regarding maps still need to be resolved.
Pokemon GO is built on Google Maps, which is limited in China and South Korea, therefore making the game unsuitable for playing in those regions.
Ishihara also claimed to be surprised by the game's success, saying that he felt "the reaction we saw was 10 times or even 100 times bigger than we expected."
Keep is casual
He also said that features such as battling and trading were coming, but that the game would introduce them slowly.
"Battling is a category that we do best at Pokemon, after all," said Ishihara, adding that "it’s important to really carefully consider any feature that may increase the difficulty and raise the barrier to entry for more casual users."
While the game is not officially available in China, there have been cases of players in the region reportedly showing up in Japan to stoke nationalist discord.
But adding a new region to Pokemon GO's reach would definitely be in Niantic Labs' interest, as the game has started to slip in the US App Store top grossing charts.