A new major update for Pokemon GO now available

Niantic Labs just announced a new major update for their Pokemon GO game that is sure to please players and newcomers.

In a statement released today, Niantic posted on their website :

“Trainers will have the opportunity to hatch […] several other Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games.”

New “Generation 2” Pokemon coming in the following months

Niantic Labs did not disclose how many new Pokemon were added today but assured fans that other creatures would be coming soon.

Togepi and Pichu are the ones that were mentioned in the YouTube video.

A new event just in time for Christmas

Starting today until December 29th, players will also be able to capture a special edition Pikachu wearing a Christmas hat.

Back in October, the company released a major Halloween-themed update.  During the weekend event, players had more chances to encounter ghost-type Pokemon like Ghastly, Zubat, Drowzee and several more.  Candies, which are essential in order to improve your creatures, were also doubled for all in-game actions.

A smaller but similar event was done just in time for Thanksgiving this time doubling the candy and XP collections for players.

Pokemon GO, a worldwide phenomenon

Launched back in July 2016 on mobile devices by a partnership between Niantic and The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO immediately became a global phenomenon.

The game is a free-to-play application that combines the hunt for the Pokemon creatures alongside the augmented reality technology.  It allows players to use their cell phones camera and GPS as a tracking device.  They can then capture, train and make them compete in battles with other players.  Several objects are available as in-app purchases to help the player in his quest.

Investors’ reactions to the game demand were also very positive for Nintendo.  In the first few days of its release, Nintendo’s share reached a market value of US$9 billion.

All platforms combined, Pokemon GO has been downloaded more than 500M times.

The new update is now available for iOS and Android devices.