As Pokemon Go reaches its one year anniversary, developer Niantic has announced a huge summer event named Solstice. Confusingly this doesn’t actually go live on the summer solstice but instead a week earlier on June 13th, and ends the day before, but it’s still a catchy name! Heavily focused around the Fire and Ice Pokemon types, these creatures will appear in higher numbers, alongside XP bonuses for Pokeball throws and discounted Lucky Eggs. Niantic also revealed that this will be followed up with a big game update featuring collaborative group-based gameplay features quite heavily. We’re not sure what form this will take but we’re likely to hear more at E3 next week. There’s no word yet on the previously announced PvP modes and the appearance of Legendary Pokemon in-game.
There’s also a wide variety of real-world events for the first time, most notably Pokemon Go Fest Chicago on July 22nd with a large range of Pokemon related activities. Further events will be featured throughout the summer at Unibail-Rodamco centres in Europe and also in Yokohama Japan. Although Pokemon Go still retains a strong base of die-hard fans, Niantic will doubtlessly be hoping that these events attract back some of last summer’s huge player base. The summer weather will certainly have to improve in the UK at this rate but it might not be long before the numbers of people wandering around flicking their phone start piling up again!