Pokémon GO developer Niantic will introduce collaborative gameplay in an update to mark the game's first birthday.
(CCM) — Game developer Niantic is planning to celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of Pokémon GO with a major update to its augmented reality game, according to a Pokémon GO team announcement. The update will be "focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways," the company promised. The company added that in preparation for the introduction of the new features, Pokémon GO gyms will be disabled for a short period of time.
The company also announced a "Solstice Event" on June 13, 2017. "This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop."
On July 22, 2017 the company is also planning a real-world event called Pokémon GO Fest that will take place in Grant Park in downtown Chicago. Smaller events are also planned across Europe from June to Sepember, as well as a Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama, Japan in August.
Pokémon GO caused great excitement in the mobile gaming community when it was launched on iOS and Android on July 6 last year. It was one of the most profitable mobile apps in 2016 and has been downloaded 750 million times since its launch, according to Niantic, despite being banned in China.
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