Niantic has some great stuff in store for Pokemon GO players this summer. Trainers can look forward to several events, both in-game and in real life, such as the Solstice Festival (focusing on Ice and fire Pokemon) and the Pokemon GO Fest Chicago. The game will also be getting group gameplay features to boost the cooperative side of Pokemon GO.
It seems that Niantic is going to make good on their promise of a legendary Pokemon GO summer. According to Niantic’s post, they’re preparing several different in-game and real-life events, as well as incorporating new group gameplay features.
First off, the Solstice Event. It’s starting on June 13th, and it has several selling point. For one, it will focus on Ice and Fire Pokemon. Presumably, they’ll have an increased spawn rate, allowing you to complete that Pokedex. Second, trainers will be getting large XP bonuses for accurate Poke Ball throws. Finally, Lucky Eggs will be on discount in the in-game shop.
Next up, the real-life events. There are several that will happen, according to the post. In the USA, Pokemon GO fans will be treated to the Pokemon GO Fest Chicago in Grant Park. The event will take place on July 22nd, 2017, and tickets will start selling on June 19th at 10 AM PDT. European trainers will have the chance to participate in several events across the continent from June to September. Niantic will be organizing these in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers. Finally, In August, there’s the “Pikachu Outbreak” event planned to happen in Yokohama.
Last, but certainly not least, the group gameplay features. As of writing this article, Niantic hasn’t released any specifics as to how these features will work. We do know, however, that it will focus on “collaborative group gameplay” and that Gyms will be temporarily disabled while Niantic implements the changes. My guess is that the new features will include some kind of group raids on enemy gyms, like dataminers found some time back. Either way, Pokemon GO trainers can look forward to one exciting summer.