Niantic’s Pokemon GO has turned 1 this year and given the big success that the game was, the company has announced two big events this summer. The game has been downloaded north of 750 million times globally, which adds to the celebrations.
Pokemon GO was the most downloaded and played game on a handheld device last year and pioneered in providing mobile gamers with a game based on Augmented Reality.
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To celebrate the achievements, Niantic is planning two summer events and the first Solstice event will be starting on June 13, 2017.
“We’re hosting real-world and in-game events planned alongside some very exciting new features that will get you outside exploring the world with family and friends,” Niantic stated.
The Solstice is an in-game event which will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon, XP bonuses for accuracy when throwing Poke Balls, and discounted lucky eggs.
The company has also hinted at a major update that’ll follow the Solstice event. In preparation of updating the game with these features, Niantic has temporarily disabled the Gyms.
“You can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokemon GO in fun new ways,” the company added.
Niantic has also announced its first ever real-world Pokemon GO event which will take place in Chicago on July 22, 2017, and the tickets for the same will be available on June 19.
The event is going to be held at the Grant Park in downtown Chicago and the Pokemon GO community is encouraged to be a part of the event which promises celebrations and ‘ton of exciting festivities’.
“European Trainers can look forward to Pokemon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September. We’ll be posting a complete schedule for these events very soon,” the company concluded.
‘Pikachu Outbreak’, a Pokemon event, is being organised in Yokohama, Japan, in August where the community will be exploring a ‘unique Pokemon GO experience’.
It still is left to be seen what all ‘festivities’ and ‘unique Pokemon GO experience’ the company has in store for its fans and community but this surely looks like the company is planning for bigger and better things for its Pokemon franchise.