It’s only been a few months since Pokemon Go was released, but it’s become such a phenomenon that it’s already getting an expansion.
Really, the app was destined for success. It’s as close as we’ve come to making Pokemon a reality, and who doesn’t want that? Let’s ignore for the moment that there are Pokemon that could probably light an entire city on fire…
The game, which allows people to hunt for Pokemon in real locations by using augmented reality, initially only featured the original 151 Pokemon. However, that was plenty to get people started as they began visiting Pokestops and gyms to battle other trainers.
Of course, the enthusiasm for Pokemon Go meant people were spending countless hours playing and therefore blowing through all their goals at a rapid pace. In order to keep things fresh, Niantic, the company that developed Pokemon Go, has revealed that they’ll be adding an additional 100 Pokemon to the gameplay.
Some of these include Chikorita, Totodile, Crobat, Pichu, Togepi and two new Eevee evolutions, Umbreon and Espeon. Many of these characters were introduced in the anime television series. Some of the Gen 1 Pokemon that were not previously able to evolve will now be able to with the introduction of the Gen 2 characters. For example, Onyx will now be able to become Steelix.
There hasn’t been any official reveal about the date on which we can expect these Pokemon, but other sources have estimated it will happen before February of 2017. And there are bound to be other changes as well.
Niantic CEO John Hanke has confessed, “There will always be secrets in the game that no one has found because we’re always adding new secrets to the game. There’s one out there right now and we’ll see how that plays out over the course of the next few weeks.”
For example, some clever folks who understand coding found references to the character Ditto in the code of Pokemon Go. That code itself has been there for a while, but now there are some combat moves and animation sequences associated with it. Ditto, though a Gen 1 Pokemon, has yet to be found by anyone yet. Very fishy!
The secrets and new Pokemon definitely have us intrigued. Personally, we think it would be kind of cool if Niantic never made an announcement for the new Pokemon–you’d just be casually playing and then BAM! a Celibi appears in front of you! We’ll have to keep playing to find out if that’s a possibility.