Niantic has finally shed some light on what the summer has in store for Pokémon Go players to celebrate the augmented reality game’s first birthday. But unfortunately, there’s no mention of the elusive Legendary Pokémon on the list of upcoming feature and in-game events for the Pokémon Go Fest.
For the first time, Pokémon Go will be hosting real-world events to gather trainers together. The first official event will be in Chicago on July 22 in Grant Park. Niantic state it will be a “fun-filled day” where trainers can take part in a variety of activities. You’ll be able to buy tickets for the event from June 19 at 10am PT from the official website.
But don’t worry European Pokémon Go fans, you’re not getting left out. Apparently Niantic is holding various Pokémon Go celebrations across the continent and there will be further events in other North American cities too.
“It’s been an incredible first year for Pokémon Go thanks to the passion and dedication from the global Trainer community,” said John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Inc. “As part of the first anniversary, we’ll be giving players around the world the chance to enjoy fun in-game events, engage with friends and other Trainers at real-world events, and much more.”
Pokémon Go Summer Solstice
Although there’s no mention of the heavily rumoured Legendary Pokémon or PvP battling in this latest announcement, there is information about the first of the summer in-game events: the Solstice.
Running from Tuesday June 13 at 6PM BST/1PM PT until June 20 at 6PM BST/1PM PT, the Pokémon Go Solstice Event will see increased encounter rates for Fire and Ice Type Pokémon, including Charmander, Houndour, Swinub and their related evolutions, among others.
Trainers will also get additional XP for in-game actions like Curveballs, Great and Excellent Throws, and Lucky Eggs are 50% off in the store too.