Pokemon Go Bringing BIG Changes to Platform.

Niantic has been as busy as anyone in the field of mobile, social gaming. In 2018 alone, Niantic has revealed a slew of new updates to their core system including a monthly Community Day event that has trainers coming back in droves. Now, Niantic is dropping some more news that will get fans back into the game and it all revolves around one of the most popular Pokemon in the universe: Mewtwo. Are you excited? You should be.

Niantic took to social media this week to reveal that they’ll be releasing a pair of patches that attempt to resolve a ton of different bugs within the system. One of the primary bugs being fixed revolves around timezones where gamers were stuck with a busted clock in their game. This patch isn’t that unique or interesting but it is definitely warranted. Outside of this patch, Niantic also made sure to announce a couple of more exciting updates.

The most exciting update for Pokemon Go fans will likely revolve around the new raids coming which will focus on Mewtwo. Mewtwo, made so popular in Pokemon: The First Movie, has been a wishlist Pokemon for a long time now for most trainers. Mewtwo EX Raid invites are being sent out throughout this week and Niantic is opening up the EX raid invite system to a new wave of trainers. Niantic has been consistently working on perfecting their EX-raid system and we’re hoping they are getting close to the finish line in terms of solidifying it.


Niantic Hits Home Run With New Update

You don’t have to be a master Pokemon trainer like Ash Ketchum in order to enjoy capturing your favorite Pokemon. Thanks to Niantic, the developers behind Pokemon Go, we have seen some serious updates to their flagship title in order to make capturing Pokemon more entertaining than ever. The most recent craze within the game, which has trainers leveling up in rapid succession, is the Community Day feature.

Niantic launched the Community Day feature as a monthly project that puts an extra incentive for trainers to catch, train, and battle at gyms during the event. During this time, trainers will get extra experience as well — thus allowing them to level up. Trainers who are working on getting their Dragonair evolved into the ultra-rare, and incredibly strong, Dragonite will want to pay special attention to the next Community Day. Why? Well, Dragonair who evolve during this session will be gifted a special and exclusive move: Draco Meteor. Niantic has made it abundantly clear that these exclusive moves can only be obtained during special community day events and they will not be available via TMs.

Outside of the actual gameplay update, Niantic has made sure to keep trainers coming back for fun little graphical incentives. Niantic announced the release of a slew of new Avatar updates, including the Team Rocket outfit. If you want your trainer to join the most notorious gang in Pokemon history, you’ll need 100 coins for a hat, 400 coins for a top, 50 coins for gloves, and 400 coins for your pants. Quite the expensive outfit!


Niantic Makes Potentially Fatal Move With Pokemon Go Update.

There are few social games in the world that came out with more hype than Pokemon Go. Developed by Niantic to be THE augmented reality game on the market, Pokemon Go has struggled at times to harness the immense fanbase. Despite early struggles, Niantic hit a rhythm with their title in 2017 with a slew of high-quality updates and premium events. Now, unfortunately, it looks like the company behind Pokemon Go may be making a potentially fatal mistake to their young title. According to recent reports, Niantic is discontinuing support for old iOS devices in order to go exclusively with iOS 11.

The decision by Niantic to make their title available only on iOS 11 devices isn’t wholly unexpected, but it is still equally unsatisfying. Many developers will choose to focus exclusively on a certain level of technology, opting not to have to deal with older titles. However, with this decision, Niantic is essentially forgetting about their core demographic: younger kids who love Pokemon. For many young Pokemon Go players, the option to upgrade to the newest iOS device isn’t just unlikely, it is essentially impossible to do.

Niantic revealed their decision to forego operating with older iOS devices via their official websites. The new update will be released at the end of February and it will functionally make the game unplayable on these old devices. Among those no longer usable will be the iPhone 5 and 5c, the iPad (3rd, 4th Gen), the iPad 2, and the iPad Mini. If you own any of those devices, you can wave at your Pokemon now.


Niantic Struggles With New Pokemon Go Weather System

Fans all around the world were excited to see Niantic introduce a slew of new changes to the fundamental core of the Pokemon Go experience. Among those huge changes, we saw the introduction of a weather system. The weather system introduced by Niantic was developed in order to provide variety for players while adding a dose of realism. When it rains, certain Pokemon would appear. When it snowed or was really hot, different Pokemon would appear. The system would also provide certain Pokemon with element boosts in certain weather conditions. Despite the strength of the concept, Niantic is already seeing some real problems with the system.

Augmented reality is supposed to give players the chance to live out their gaming fantasies. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets a little bit too real and as a result, Niantic has to help gamers keep themselves from getting hurt. With the new weather system in play, Niantic was rightly concerned about the potential for danger if players tried to go out and play in severe weather. That is why Niantic created a system that would prevent players from actually playing if the weather was considered severe.

The new Niantic weather system prevents players from playing when the weather is considered ‘extreme’. When the weather is considered extreme an alert will come up that stops players from going about their gaming duties. If the weather dips below freezing or if severe storms are caught in the area, there will be a stoppage of play. Is Niantic being too cautious or is this merely good business?


Niantic Bringing Massive Updates to Pokemon Go

It was recently announced that the team at Niantic Labs was working on expanding their library of augmented reality titles with the release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. While the news was met with an almost universal cheer, who wouldn’t want to play a wizard in real life, fans of Pokemon Go were notably upset. Would Niantic be shifting their focus and money to a completely new title, only to leave last year’s hottest release by the wayside? As it turns out, Niantic has extensive plans to bring Pokemon Go into the future with some major updates that could change the functionality and fanbase of the game — in a good way.

Niantic was recently in the news not only for the Wizards Unite release announcement but their successful round of Series B investing that came afterward. Niantic raised nearly $200 million in additional funding through this avenue from companies like Javelin Venture Partners, NetEase, Meritech and Spark Capital. While it is correct to think that this money will go toward getting Wizards Unite off of the ground, a more probable notion is that the money will be pushed toward improving and expanding upon the strong foundation that Pokemon Go has built over the past year or so. Megan Quinn of Spark Capital said, “We believe John Hanke & the team are building an incredibly important company at the intersection of AR and real-world location.”

This investment news comes at the same time that Niantic made legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh available throughout the world via their raid program. Niantic said during the announcement, “Collectively, you caught over 3 billion Pokemon during the Global Catch Challenge, unlocking some amazing rewards along the way.” Niantic’s announcement goes on to say, “Ho-Oh is now appearing in Raid Battles at Gyms around the world until December 12, 2017.”

Right now, fans can take advantage of a bunch of new products for sale in the Pokemon Go store that can be acquired for PokeCoins. Among these items is the Special Box which includes Super Incubators, premium raid passes, and lucky eggs.


‘Pokemon Go’ Continues Resurgent Year With Major Halloween Event

The developers at Niantic, creators of the social mobile game ‘Pokemon Go’, have been working overtime in recent months to repair their image and bring about some momentum to close out the year. ‘Pokemon Go’ had been under fire in late Summer when the team at Niantic failed to plan properly for the very first, large ‘Pokemon Go Fest’ in Chicago. The event was so bad that people actually considered filing a class action lawsuit. However, things seem to be on a smoother path and fans have to be happy with how the latest event, a Halloween themed event, has played out.

Fans who managed to get out and about to play on ‘Halloween’ were greeted by a small update to showcase the final legs of Niantic’s Halloween themed event. Chief among these updates was the release of a Shiny Shuppet, which allowed Trainers to capture an alternative version of the popular dark-type Pokemon. Shuppet’s are conventionally gray in color while the shiny version is actually a more off-white. This likely will be the only time that fans get the chance to capture a shiny Shuppet so it was a special moment for collectors of rare Pokemon. Fans were also given the opportunity to chase to acquire a shiny Banette which went from dark gray to teal in color.

The Halloween event started on October 20th and it will be running through November 2nd. Fans around the world are able to earn both extra candy and increased opportunities for special dark and ghost type Pokemon. Niantic also released special themed boxes through the in-game shop which will give trainers access to more Super Incubators and Raid Passes. Fans who actively update their trainer avatar will be pleased to see a couple of new clothing options available for free through their clothing selection.


The Big Party For Pokemon Is Coming To Chicago

The Grant Park in Chicago is the site for a massive party as Niantic celebrates their first year of success with the Pokémon GO Fest. Trainers from all over the globe are expected to come and catch Pokémon. The Pokémon GO Fest is a way for Niantic to test an event in the real world for the first time. The day involves catch challenges which refers to windows of gameplay between the event players as well as everywhere else. The players located at the event will be trying to catch different types of Pokémon which will be the determining factors for their bonuses. This will include XP bonuses, Buddy distance bonuses, and extra Stardust. Players from all over the globe will attempt to catch as many of the Pokémon as they possibly can and this will determine the length of the bonuses. The big reward for the Pokémon Go Fest can only be achieved by unlocking the gold tier of the rewards.

Most of the activities at the park are expected and centered around a party for Pokémon. The spawns on all different types of Pokémon will be increased and there will be a Pokéstop-dotted Pokéwalk and special Eggs. The indications are strong that the players will be able to access regional exclusives from all over the world including the exclusive Heracross from South America. There will be corporate sponsorship, team lounges, food trucks, and a lot of fun for everyone. Alcohol will not be allowed on the site proper. For more details about the Pokémon GO Fest please visit https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2017/07/21/legendary-raids-and-catch-challenges-heres-whats-happening-at-pokemon-go-fest-tomorrow/#728fbdfc331b.

The main event involves a raid against a Legendary Pokémon and all the trainers will participate. This will be the most powerful Pokémon in the game. The Legendary Raids will be disbursed to the world the very next day. Although all the mechanics are not yet clear this will be an event to remember.


Pokemon Go Launches First Official Live Event

The team at Niantic, developers of ‘Pokemon Go’, have been getting increasingly busy over the past several months. Pokemon Go is the mobile social augmented reality game sweeping the nation. After a strong launch last Summer and a rocky interim it looks like things are finally trending upward again. Right now Niantic is preparing their game for the first ever Pokemon Go Fest. Tickets are for sale for the event and fans are already snagging them up. The first round of ticket sales sold out in a stunning 15 minutes after launch.

The Pokemon Go Fest will be held at Grant Park in Chicago on July 22nd. The event, which lasts all day, will be filled with challenges and in game rewards. Rewards haven’t specifically been announced outside of a special gym medal and Niantic has gone on record to assure fans who can’t make it that the rewards will also be available at a later date for everyone else. With fans buying out all of the tickets right away, in anticipation of huge rewards, resale has gone up on tickets to make them worth nearly $300. With the success of this first event already in the books, we anticipate more events in the future.

Outside of the actual events going on at Grant Park, Niantic also announced that they will be showcasing a livestream on the official Pokemon Go Twitch channel. The stream will go live at 10 AM CST on the day of the event and it will air until 7PM CST. Fans who want to get to the festival but can’t make it will want to definitely tune in during the stream. There are rumors that legendary Pokemon might be making an appearance at the event and if that happens then you definitely won’t want to miss it.q


A New Pokemon Game Promises Great Things For Social Gaming Via Smartphone

Most of us can remember the hype of Pokemon Go when it was a big thing on smartphones. Now, there is a new game that is starting to get people talking once again. It is a game also made for smartphones and it is also a Pokemon game. This one according to reporting from TechCrunch.com is currently in beta testing in Japan but signs are promising that it will spread to the rest of the world soon.

 

The game is not going to be a follow-up to the Pokemon Go game. Rather, this one is more about battling the various monsters against one another in a variety of levels to be enjoyed. It is in beta testing on Android devices in Japan where the first 15 levels have been made available to those beta testers. That is 15 levels out of a reported 52 levels that will be available in the full version.

 

The first 10,000 people to download the app got to try out the beta version and so there are 10,000 people out there right now who know a little about what this game will be like and if it is any fun or not.

 

Beta testing was scheduled to end on June 9th, so assuming that this went well it will only be a matter of weeks before the full game is available to people in Japan. From there it may take just a little more time to get the entire game available to everyone in the world via their smartphones. It is entirely possible that in just a very short period of time we will all be talking about this new Pokemon game and how great it is.

 

It will be hard to overtake the popularity of the Pokemon Go game, but there are some signs that this game will be popular with the same crowd who liked that earlier game. It is after all still a Pokemon game, and those seem to be popular almost no matter what.

 


Visitors to Chernobyl Can Now Play Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go, the immensely popular mobile installment of the widely-beloved Pokémon franchise, has conquered the world. Unlike previous Pokémon games, Pokémon Go utilizes the natural networking capabilities offered by mobile devices to enable players to interact with Pokémon in real geographical locations.

 

As a result, the Pokémon experience is now more immersive and realistic than ever. You can catch, train, and collect the eponymous fantasy creatures in every country around the globe. Whether you’re in a restaurant, department store, or public park, you can expect to see at least one person whipping out their phone to periodically check for unique and rare Pokémon.

 

Pokémon Go fever is now spreading to even the most remote locations on the planet. Visitors to the Chernobyl exclusion zone report that the area is positively packed with gyms and Pokéstops, the two types of digital landmark that are most integral to the mobile application’s game play. The 1986 site of a catastrophic nuclear disaster, the 10 kilometer radius surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant is now one of the most starkly unpopulated human-developed areas in the world, which is what makes its status as a Pokémon haven so unexpected and slightly eerie.

 

Anyone who wants to experience this phenomenon for themselves can do so by participating in one of the many Chernobyl tours and visitor experiences that have popped up in the last couple of years. Thankfully, Pokémon do not spawn in the still hazardous center of the exclusion zone, so safety won’t be an issue.