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Rumor: Pokemon GO – What’s Coming Next?

Do you remember Pokemon GO? The smash hit for mobile gaming that echoed around the world? Chances are, you probably pop open the app when you’re walking to a friends house or if you’re bored during a commute. Believe it or not, Pokemon GO is still being played by millions daily. According to IGN, Pokemon GO still has about 65 million daily active users trotting around the globe trying to catch them all. So don’t count the game out just yet, there are updates coming soon that are going to drastically change the game. The Pokemon GO we’ve all been waiting for isn’t behind us, it’s ahead. That’s if the developers keep their word, and rollout updates to make the game truly immersive and competitive once again.

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We’re going through a list of upcoming update rumors that definitely have us excited to venture into the great outdoors again. Let’s just hope these see the light of day…

TRADING

Seems like an obvious addition, I know. Trading has been a staple in Pokemon since the beginning. Trading in Pokemon GO has been eluded to since the first trailer, but there hasn’t been a single inkling of it coming as an actual usable mechanic in the game (besides in the initial beta.) That might be changing in the next big update. Of course this is just a rumor, but according to senior product manager of Niantic, Tatso Namura, “it won’t be through the internet,” when it’s released.

Now some people feel that this defeats the purpose of the game, but think about it, if there are added mechanics to the game, the actual purpose of the gameplay changes. There will be more challenges besides catching Pokemon, picking up Pokestops and fighting over gyms. Trading makes absolute sense, it’s time.

PVP (Player VS Player)

Again, another staple of Pokemon games since the beginning. It seems odd that they’re making these two decade old mechanics seem like an exciting new prospect. Trading and battling should have been something included on day one. Most of us remember that time thought; failing servers, crashing apps, and for a lot of us, insanely hot summer days to contend with. The time for PVP was in 2016, but I myself am excited to see how the developers are going to integrate it. What will the reward system look like if there is one? How will battle be initiated? Not holding my breath just yet, but I think Niantic is finally getting the ball rolling with this game. They have my faith for now.

Legendaries

We’ve had implications of legendary events since the first trailer with the elusive Mewtwo in Times Square. We’ve also had hacking issues involving the three original legendary birds which led to accounts being apparently banned. Now we’re seeing hints at upcoming legendary events in the upcoming months. An actual schedule and official announcements are yet to be see, but Niantic really has to do something to entice users to return.

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Events

So, it seems like Niantic is really committing to their first even July 22nd, 2017 in Chicago’s Grant Park. At the time of writing this it’s uncertain what the event actually entails, but we’ll find out soon enough. Right now it seems just like a large networking even for Pokemon lovers throughout the city, and tourists driving, training or flying in. This sets a pretty cool precedent for Pokemon related events, something I haven’t really attended for almost 20 years. These events might be reminiscent of all the meet-ups that took place during the summer of 2016. Now that the user-base has shrunken it might take actual, official events to get people to congregate the way they did at its peak.

(Tickets go on sale for this event tomorrow, June 19th (by the way.)

It seems there isn’t too groundbreaking going on in the Pokemon GO universe right now. It would be fantastic to see unexpected updates and additions included in the next version. Pokemon GO at its core is a truly fun game that brought people together, and I’m not quite sure lightning will strike twice in this case. It will forever go down in pop culture history as making the summer of 2016 one of the best summers of an angsty millennial’s adult life. I’m all for the phenomenon to pickup again, but like I said before, I’m not holding my breath.

What do you think of the update rumors coming to Pokemon GO? Is it enough to get you playing again or have you been playing every day since release?

Huge Pokemon GO Update Coming This December

Niantic Labs is reportedly prepping for a huge Pokemon GO update this December. Since its phenomenal release, Pokemon Go’s user base has sharply declined. Users became disappointed with the app after features have been taken away and replaced with less interesting additions. This comes along with plenty of other inadequacies that the team over at Niantic are rushing to repair, and remedy with new, exciting additions.

No official announcements have been made, but along with the recent addition of Ditto, many are speculating that we’ll see more legendary Pokemon along with the inclusion of a large number of Johto region creatures.

It’s too soon to say if the upcoming update will excite users enough to return, but Niantic doesn’t seem to be concerned just yet. The game is still standing tall as the most successful mobile game of all-time with over $600 million in revenue.

Will you be returning to Pokemon Go for a chance to catch all your Johto favorites or are you out for good? Let us know!


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Pokemon Sun & Moon Starters Revealed

Rowlet, Litten and Popplio will be your new starter Pokemon of choice once Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon roll around November 18th!

Let us know who your favorite starter of all-time is!


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POKEMON GO Coming In 2016

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

The time has come where Nintendo joins the app world in a very big way. With one of the biggest franchises of all time. Pokemon GO will be an app available on iOS and Android. From what we can gather, you’ll go out with your smartphone, and discover Pokemon lurking in the “wild”. Using your smartphone, you’ll be able to find new Pokemon wherever you go, capture them, train them, and use them in battles. From the trailer, it seems like there will also be major events held to capture rare, and powerful Pokemon. As shown in the trailer. We haven’t seen much yet in terms of interface or how the wearable Pokeball attachment will work, but it’s safe to say, we’re excited.

The prospect of taking the world of Pokemon from your DS, and applying it to reality is something those of us who played Pokemon as children have always wanted. It’ll also give most of us a reason to get out of the house, and explore our towns and cities in a whole new way. Not to get too deep, but it might give kids (and adults) a new found wonder for the outdoors. If the application is as accessible, and fun as we’re hoping it’ll be. We’re many years away from holographic projections which will be the ultimate form of “real life“ Pokemon, but this seems like it’s trying to close that gap until then.

We’re very excited for Pokemon GO.


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Pokemon Symphonic Evolutions: Review

by Anthony Wetmore (GhostConch, @TheMisterPipes)

As many of you are well aware, Pokemon has had a stronghold in the pop culture scene for the better part of going on twenty plus years. Those that are familiar, from the ones there from the very beginning at around my climbing age to the young trainers just starting out with the still strong series. Through games, cartoons and several films, we have felt the intensity of the close battles, the sadness of parting with dear friends as well as the triumphs of succeeding through endless trials. Over all, Pokemon has always been about amusement adventure and ultimately fun. 

Then you have something like Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions. More on this in a moment, let me first paint you a picture. 

Entering the venue, I was assaulted with a barrage of colorful costumes, shiny glimmering DS cases, countless stuffed animals, children of all ages strewn about a mostly empty pre-show area socialising, excitedly talking with friends, playing their Pokemon games of choice, patiently awaiting the show produced by Princeton Entertainment. The sense of familiarity and kinship was high and of course a little shy. The sense of excitement even higher. It’s a Pokemon-themed concert, what else in the world could be better?

Pretty much anything as it turns out.

Waiting in the seats as the venue barely filled in, the excitement carried on. The large display screens had an endless rotation of everyone’s favorite guessing game: Who’s That Pokemon?! (+10 EXP if you heard the voice in your head) With each new silhouette came a crowd scream of various Pokemon. The orchestra all the while tuning their instruments, preparing for the oncoming show.

After a short introduction explaining we’d be going through the music of Pokemon chronologically, we were off into the meat of the show. The orchestra started into the main theme and over head the giant screens show the various openings to the Gameboy games, as well as the introduction to the world of Pokemon, picking your starter, several battle clips, gym leaders and the like in a haphazard not quite flowing manner. Knowing the stories already, perhaps the context isn’t as important but it does lend to the flow of everything. The attention is divided between the game screens and the music itself. 

The music is flawlessly transferred into beautiful symphony arrangements from the original 8-bit tunes within the games, but it suffers at the paper-thin context as well as the targeted audience. The children are engaged with the displays of the game and the various colorful Pokemon and I’m sure they recognised the reconstituted tunes, but wholly the event comes off as a trite exercise in combining that which does not gel. Not to say it wasn’t a valiant effort, the songs were beautiful, it just doesn’t quite match it’s context. 

The novelty of it may engage the small cross-section of older fans who also happen to enjoy symphony music as well as the immense impact Pokemon has had on the world over. There may even been a key to something new within the performance, inspiring a young mind to delve into the beauty of classical style music, there is hope, but ultimately everyone present (and there was hardly a full theater) was smashing that mental B button harder than ever.

Pokken Tournament revealed to have test locations in the US 

by Denis Ricardo (@deniricardo)

Kevin Bachus, Senior VP of Dave & Busters, revealed on Monday that Pokken Tournament will have a US test release at the arcade/restaurant chain during a Reddit AMA.

Pokken Tournament is a 2D fighter developed by NAMCO with the roster of fighters consisting of Pokémon. It has recently been released in Japanese arcades, but prior to Kevin Bachus’ Reddit AMA, there was no word about a release outside of Japan to arcades. Based on the unique control scheme, it has been theorized that the game will see a console release outside of Japan for the Wii U.

Bachus didn’t reveal much, but he said that both he and NAMCO are “…more optimistic about that title and our typical guests than Tekken.”

No word has been made on date of release at Dave & Busters or if it will be tested in select locations.