Around a year after Pokémon Go first invaded our smartphones it looks like we’re about to get an influx of legendary Pokémon. And about time too.
At the 21st Annual Webby Awards, there were a lot of winners, but as per usual it was Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon Go, that was crowned one of the biggest winners. The company took home five Webby Awards including “Best Mobile Game” and it was Archit Bhargava who was there to accept the gong.
Bhargava, who is Global Marketing Product Lead for Niantic, was encouraged – as is the custom with the awards – to give a five-word speech on stage.
And guess what he said?
“This summer will be legendary,” said Bhargava.
Oh yes, it looks like the highly-anticipated legendary Pokémon are coming to Pokémon Go this summer. Niantic had already teased that its 2017 plans for Pokémon Go would include introducing legendary beasts to the game and it looks like the company will be taking advantage of the summer sunshine to get eager trainers out and about.
Legendaries, of course, include Mewtwo, Mew and the three bird Pokémon, Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos. It’s not clear whether the legendaries from Generation 2 would also be included – Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Luigi, Ho-Oh and Celebi.
80 of the Generation 2 Pokémon were added to the game earlier this year, causing a renewed surge of players to return to traipsing the streets in search of the fresh-faced pocket monsters.
Niantic has also been running some themed events in an attempt to keep people interested in the augmented reality game, including the latest Adventure Week, which boosts the spawn rate of rock-type Pokémon.
Check out Bhargava’s little tease at the Webby Awards in the video below, around the 18:52 mark and get just as excited as we are for the arrival of the legendaries: