POKEMON GO announced loads of news earlier this week, but one update has caught fans attention with some believing a BIG changes to region exclusive Pokemon.
Earlier this week Pokemon GO developers Niantic announced a series of real world events, aimed at celebrating the game’s first anniversary since Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International launched last year.
In a new blog post the company said:
“Downloaded more than 750 million times in its first year, Pokémon GO will be bringing Trainers together in new and unique ways this summer through a variety of in-game and live events including Pokémon GO Fest, the first live Pokémon GO event organized by Niantic.”
“It’s been an incredible first year for Pokémon GO thanks to the passion and dedication from the global Trainer community,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, Inc.
“As part of the first anniversary, we’ll be giving players around the world the chance to enjoy fun in-game events, engage with friends and other Trainers at real-world events, and much more.”
The first of these is Pokémon GO Fest, which will be hosted in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 22 is expected, going off the permits Niantic applied for, to see over 12,000 trainers come together for a Pokémon GO celebration.
Niantic say that the fun-filled day of Pokémon GO in the park will give Trainers the chance to meet fellow players and engage in a variety of activities.
But fans think they’ve already worked out one of these activities, given that the main image for Pokemon GO Fest, happens to have a Heracross tucked away in the back of the image.
And as Many might know, the region exclusive Pokemon shouldn’t be available ANYWHERE near Chicago as it’s limited to Southern America below the equator.
So what does this mean?
It’s possible that as part of the Chicago festivities, the Region Exclusive Gen 2 Pokemon could start spawning in the park, as part of a rare one off spawning mechanic introduced via the games back end.
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It’s unlikely that Niantic will be looking to completely scrap region exclusives, but they might be looking to bend the rules once or twice for big paid for events to ensure players get their money’s worth.
And not like the Pokemon GO event that took place some months back in the states, which basically handed out stickers as a reward (lame).
While Pokemon GO Fest is the only full-scale event planned right now, it could be that Niantic is testing the waters, while also keeping a close eye on player turnout for their other planned celebrations across Europe and Japan later this year.
Then, we might get to see our own Pokemon GO Fest events, with our own region exclusive changes. Here in Europe, that would mean something other than Mr Mime.
So it could be that any one of Tauros, Kangaskhan, Farfetch’d, Heracross or Corsola suddenly become available within a small space in Europe.
Before any of that happens though, we’ve got the new and upcoming fire and ice Solstice event starting next week.
“Players around the world who are eager to get outside, explore and fill up their Pokédexes can look forward to the Solstice Event, Pokémon GO’s first in-game event of the summer, running from Tuesday, June 13 at 1:00 PM PDT until June 20 at 1:00 PM PDT.
During this event, Trainers can expect increased encounter rates for their favorite Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, including Charmander, Cyndaquil, Houndour, Swinub, Sneasel, and their Evolutions, and others.
Trainers will also be awarded increased XP for in-game actions like Curveballs, Nice Throws, Great Throws, Excellent Throws, and more.
In addition, Lucky Eggs will be 50% off in the in-game shop, meaning, even more, XP can be gained when discovering and catching elusive Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon.
It’ll also be the event which will lead into the Gym rework, as Niantic plans to “temporarily disable Gyms for a short period of time”, all part of the process before the developers drop it’s second “MAJOR” update to the game following on from the release of Gen 2 earlier this year.