Niantic have announced some upcoming Pokemon GO events for summer, including the first in-person event!
First we have a Solstice event which will make Ice and Fire type Pokemon appear more often, including Charmander, Cyndaquil, Houndour, Swinub, Sneasel, and their Evolutions, and others. The event will run from Tuesday, June 13 at 1:00 PM PDT until June 20 at 1:00 PM PDT, and also include a 50% discount on Lucky Eggs and more experience for accurate Pokeball throws.
Then comes Pokemon GO Fest to be held in Chicago on July 22. There are few details about what the event will entail at this point, but it will be held in Grant Park and require purchase of a ticket, which are available from June 19th. More details about the itinerary of the event are to be released soon.
Pokémon GO Fest is our first official dedicated real-world event for Pokémon GO and will be hosted in Chicago on July 22. Trainers from around the world will flock to Chicago’s Grant Park for a Pokémon GO celebration. 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. Tickets for Pokémon GO Fest will go on sale beginning June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT on PokemonGoLive.com/Fest.
Further events in Europe, the US and Japan are also promised.
European Trainers can look forward to Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers. Trainers in the United States who are not able to make it to Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago can look for further event integration in several cities across North America as Niantic and the Knight Foundation continue their partnership on the Open Streets program.
The Pokémon Company is organizing “Pikachu Outbreak”, a Pokémon event in Yokohama, Japan, in August where they’re exploring a unique Pokémon GO experience.
But that’s not all, Niantic have previously hinted plans to release legendary Pokemon this summer, as well as to update gyms. Today they confirmed that a gym update is coming, though it is unknown exactly what this will involve.
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.
In fact, a Niantic representative confirmed that all Pokemon will be removed from gyms and returned to trainers during the update.
Looks like a lot of exciting things to come for Pokemon GO, so get out there and play!