Pokémon Go is Turning One and Ready to Party!

Pokémon Go has changed considerably since launch. At first a glitch riddled yet absolutely endearing title, it seemed a bit unfinished. Now though, almost a year later, Pokémon Go finally found its footing and evolved into a top-notch app available worldwide. In a little over a month, Go celebrates it’s one year anniversary! On top of that, Pokémon Go has obtained 750 Million players!

To celebrate this momentous achievement, last week Niantic announced the summer plans for Pokémon Go! There are huge changes in store for the game as well as real-life meetups coming to the Pokémon Go community!

Solstice Event

June 13th kicks off the summer festivities with the Solstice Event (They celebrate the strangest holidays at Niantic…)

This event will see a large increase in XP for accurate Pokeball throwing, Fire and Ice Pokémon (Time to catch those Charmanders!), and discounted Lucky Eggs. This might be the best time to get a few of those levels in. While this seems like a fairly typical Pokémon Go event, Niantic dropped a tantalizing hint about the future of Go during it’s announcement,

“Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.” – Pokémon Go Team

(http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/anniversary2017)

So no Gym battles for a bit. Which as sad as that is, hints at Pokémon Go finally doing something about the bland fighting mechanics. The Gameboy games have AWESOME combat, and it would be great if they could head toward a similar style. Hopefully we’ll see similar improvements to Go this summer. Perhaps we’ll finally see trading as well!

Real-World Events

Niantic was famous for their original game Ingress. One of the unique things that made Ingress so successful was a commitment to real-world events. While Niantic has hinted at these for months, it is confirmed we’ll finally see some huge events this summer!

While details are scant, the first event will be in Downtown Chicago. Instead of an informal meet-up in a park, this seems like a big deal. Niantic is selling tickets for the event. Tickets go on sale Monday, June 19th and can be found at http://www.pokemongolive.com/Fest

Chicago isn’t the only place to meet up with other trainers this summer, Yokohama, Japan is hosting a “Pikachu Outbreak” event (Sounds like a disease) and there are several events in Europe as well.

Hopes are high that these events will be the first place to find legendary Pokémon since those have been confirmed to be coming since launch yet been impossible to find.

Stay Tuned for Updates!

There is a TON of Pokémon related news coming out over the next few weeks as E3 ramps up and Nintendo hosts more Pokémon directs. From Pokken to Ultra Sun and Moon, this summer is sure to be filled with awesome news.  Be sure to check back with us and see what’s happening in the world of Pokémon!

Until then, be your very best trainers!

 

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