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Jun 23

Pokémon GO adding Slash Mark to Pokémon Caught using Third-party Services

Posted by Sunain | June 23rd 2017 at 11:13 AM EDT
Tags: Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic announced via their Official Support on Reddit that they will be adding a slash to all Pokémon caught through third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay. These Pokémon may also not behave as expected.

Update on Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay

With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers. Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday. This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience.

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/6ihyoi/update_on_pok%C3%A9mon_caught_using_thirdparty/
Jun 19

Raid Battles and New Gym Features are Coming to Pokémon GO

Posted by Sunain | June 19th 2017 at 11:02 AM EDT
Tags: Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic announced that Raid Battles and New Gym Features are coming to Pokémon GO in its biggest update.

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Raid Battles and New Gym Features are Coming!

Trainers, The biggest update to Pokémon GO is nearly here! Very soon, Trainers around the world will be able to participate in a revamped Gym gameplay experience, including the opportunity to join together with others to battle against powerful Pokémon in the new Raid Battle feature!

New Gym Features and Updates: Starting soon, Gyms are undergoing a major facelift. You’ll soon be able to spin the Photo Disc at Gyms to acquire items just as you do at PokéStops—but that’s only the beginning. More updates to Gym battles are also just around the corner. Gyms are no longer based on Prestige and training. Instead, they now feature six permanent slots that can be filled by the controlling team’s Pokémon. Each Pokémon assigned to these slots must be unique. For example, only one Blissey can be assigned to a Gym at a time. In addition, opposing teams will battle the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.

At the heart of the update is a new motivation system that will significantly change how you interact with Gyms. When a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, a motivation meter will be displayed. Pokémon assigned to defend a Gym lose motivation over time and as they are defeated in battle. As a Pokémon loses motivation, its CP will temporarily decrease, making it easier for opposing teams to defeat. To help keep the Pokémon motivated and in tip-top shape for their next battle, Trainers can treat their team’s Pokémon to some Berries, which restore their motivation. If a Pokémon loses all motivation, it will leave the Gym and return to its Trainer the next time it loses a battle, so you’ll want to keep your team’s Pokémon motivated by giving them Berries frequently!

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Gym Badges: Now you’ll be able to earn Gym Badges when interacting with the many Gyms around the world. Gym Badges serve as mementos of your Pokémon GO adventures and reflect your contribution to a Gym’s success.

You’ll be able to level up your Badges by battling, giving Berries to the Pokémon in the Gym and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc. You can earn the opportunity to receive bonus items and increased rewards from Gyms by raising the level of your Gym Badge.

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New Raid Battle Feature: All around the world, you’ll soon be able to participate in the new Raid Battle feature at Gyms. A Raid Battle is a cooperative gameplay experience that encourages you to work with other Trainers to defeat an extremely powerful Pokémon known as the Raid Boss. Before a Raid Battle begins, all Pokémon assigned to the Gym will return to their Trainers, and a large Egg will appear atop the Gym. When the countdown above the Egg reaches zero, the Raid Boss will be revealed.

Before you can battle the Raid Boss, you’ll need a Raid Pass. You can get one free Raid Pass per day by visiting a Gym, but you can only hold one at a time. You can also get Premium Raid Passes from the in-game shop. Upon using your pass to join the battle, you and up to 20 other Trainers work together to defeat the Raid Boss. If you successfully defeat the Raid Boss within the five-minute time limit, you’ll have the chance to catch an extra powerful Pokémon of your own!

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New Items: After defeating a Raid Boss, you’ll receive a collection of rewards, including some new items obtained only by defeating a Raid Boss: Rare Candies, Golden Razz Berries, and two types of Technical Machines—Fast and Charged. A Rare Candy is a mysterious candy that, when used on a Pokémon, turns into that Pokémon’s Candy. Golden Razz Berries will greatly increase your chances of catching a Pokémon you encounter in the wild and can also be given to a Pokémon assigned to a Gym to fully recover its motivation meter. Technical Machines are items you can use to permanently teach a Pokémon a new Fast Attack or Charged Attack.

To put these exciting changes in motion, we’ll be temporarily disabling all Gyms. Once the update has been rolled out to players around the world, Gyms will return. The Raid Battle feature will then be rolled out slowly over the next few weeks, starting as a beta, with raids visible only to a subset of players at certain Gym locations. Over a few days, we’ll invite more players to participate and enable raids at more Gyms around the world. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on when you’ll be able to start battling in raids. We can’t wait to see you outside battling at your local Gyms!

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/raids

Article edited on 2017-06-19 11:16:01 by Sunain
Jun 08

The First Anniversary of Pokémon GO

Posted by Sunain | June 8th 2017 at 03:20 PM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Trainers, We’re celebrating two amazing milestones—Pokémon GO’s one-year anniversary and 750 million global downloads—and you’re invited to join in on the fun! Over the next few months, we’re hosting real-world and in-game events planned alongside some very exciting new features that will get you outside exploring the world with family and friends. Get ready for an action-packed couple of months!

To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

We’re also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokémon GO event coming your way: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the Pokémon GO community with a ton of exciting festivities. Tickets and more information for Pokémon GO Fest Chicago will be available at PokemonGoLive.com/Fest on Monday, June 19 at 10:00 A.M. PDT, so make sure to mark your calendars and follow our social media channels to be notified when tickets go live! European Trainers can look forward to Pokémon GO celebrations hosted across the continent from June through September in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers. We'll be posting a complete schedule for these events very soon. Also, The Pokémon Company is organizing “Pikachu Outbreak”, a Pokémon event in Yokohama, Japan, in August where they’re exploring a unique Pokémon GO experience. Stay tuned for even more details surrounding each of these events in the coming weeks.

Keep an eye on PokemonGoLive.com and our Pokémon GO social media channels for the latest news and updates surrounding the exciting features and events coming your way. See you outside!

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/anniversary2017

Article edited on 2017-06-08 03:23:57 by Sunain
May 19

Pokémon GO Adventure Week 2017 / Pokémon GO updated to version 0.63.1 for Android and 1.33.1 for iOS

Posted by Sunain | May 19th 2017 at 05:23 PM EDT
Tags: Android, Apple iOS, Patches, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has announced Pokémon GO Adventure Week 2017 which will take place from May 18th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. PDT until May 25th, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. PDT. Pokémon GO was also updated to version 0.63.1 for Android and 1.33.1 for iOS.

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Adventures Await!

Trainers, Back in December, we collectively walked past the equivalent distance of Earth to Pluto and now, we’re on a journey past the edge of the solar system! As of May 11, the Pokémon GO community has traveled more than 15.8 billion kilometers, and more adventures still await…

Pokémon GO was developed for people to easily experience classic Pokémon gameplay on their mobile device and catch Pokémon in the real world. As a result, every day, people around the globe go outside, explore the world around them, make some new memories, and get some exercise along the way. We’d love to honor the memories created so far, and our collective journey yet to come, with the Pokémon GO Adventure Week celebration from 1:00 P.M. PDT on May 18 to 1:00 P.M. PDT on May 25, 2017.

To help you stock up for your upcoming adventure, more items will be awarded from every PokéStop you visit, and Poké Balls will be 50% off in the in-game shop. Your Buddy Pokémon is also in the adventuring spirit and will find Candies four times as fast for the duration of the celebration. Whether you’re exploring your neighborhood or an exotic new location, make sure to watch for Rock-type Pokémon such as Omanyte, Kabuto, and their Evolutions. Keep an eye out—maybe you’ll even spot Aerodactyl!

Last but not least, you'll notice an all-new avatar item has been added to your wardrobe—the Expedition Hat! Once Adventure Week begins, grab your new hat and head out on your journey.

We’re excited to see where Pokémon GO takes you this week. Document your journey with the Pokémon GO AR camera, post your photos on social media using #PokemonGO, and we’ll share some of our favorites on the new Pokémon GO Instagram channel! As you embark on your adventures, remember to always be alert and aware of your surroundings when playing Pokémon GO and be respectful of the communities and locations in which you play.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/adventureweek2017

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.63.1 for Android and 1.33.1 for iOS

Trainers, Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.63.1 for Android and 1.33.1 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.
  • Added Brazilian Portuguese language support.
  • Tapping on a medal will now show your progress toward the next medal tier.

Article edited on 2017-05-19 05:24:58 by Sunain
May 04

Pokémon GO Worldwide Bloom Weekend!

Posted by Sunain | May 4th 2017 at 02:53 PM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has announced that from May 5th, 2017 until May 8th, 2017, Pokémon GO will have an increased chance to encounter Grass-type Pokémon in the wild.

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Worldwide bloom this weekend!

Trainers, Professor Willow's research into Pokémon habitats around the world has uncovered some interesting findings. His initial reports indicate that we’ll see an influx of Grass-type Pokémon sometime this weekend. These Pokémon will appear in the wild more frequently starting the afternoon of May 5, but only for a short period of time. We anticipate that Pokémon will return to their normal habitats on May 8, 2017 PDT.

Help us contribute to Professor Willow’s ongoing research by catching as many Grass-type Pokémon as possible this weekend. While you’re out with friends and family, don’t forget to document your findings using the Pokémon GO AR camera and share your screenshots on social media using #PokemonGO.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/grassweekend2017

Article edited on 2017-05-04 02:59:07 by Sunain
Apr 14

Pokémon GO Study Finds Players are Happier, Friendlier / Pokémon GO Wins Multiple Awards

Posted by Sunain | April 14th 2017 at 09:55 AM EDT
Tags: Press Release, YouTube, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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A study conducted by media researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison concluded that players of Pokémon GO players are happier and friendlier than non-Pokémon GO players. This is the second major study to conclude that Pokémon GO has healthy benefits for players despite the negative attention that the media has given the game for causing injuries and robberies.

James Alex Bonus, a UW–Madison graduate student studying educational media and one of the people that conducted the study, said in an interview that he joined the throng playing the game when it was new, but was surprised by the mix of reactions in the media covering the game.

“There was plenty of negative press about distracted people trespassing and running into trees or walking into the street, But you also saw people really enjoying it, having a good time together outside.”

Look on the Bright Side (of Media Effects): Pokémon Go as a Catalyst for Positive Life Experiences

James Alex Bonus, Alanna Peebles, Marie-Louise Mares & Irene G. Sarmiento
Pages 1-25 | Published online: 07 Apr 2017

An online survey of 399 U.S. adults aged 18–75 indicated that playing the AR game Pokémon Go was associated with various positive responses (increased positive affect, nostalgic reverie, friendship formation, friendship intensification, and walking), most of which predicted enhanced well-being. Additionally, two indirect effects of gameplay were moderated by social anxiety. For highly anxious participants, gameplay showed weaker associations with positive affect (a predictor of enhanced well-being), but also weaker associations with nostalgic regret (a predictor of reduced well-being).

Sources: http://news.wisc.edu/study-finds-pokemon-go-players-are-happier-friendlier/ and http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15213269.2017.1305280?journalCode=hmep20

Pokémon GO Wins Best Mobile and Handheld Game at BAFTA's

Pokémon GO was nominated for 3 British Academy Games Awards in 2017 in the Family, Game Innovation and Mobile categories. It won Best Mobile and Handheld Game at the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts Game Awards on April 6th, 2017. Niantic posted a thank you blog post where they also listed some of the other recognition's they've received for the game.

Thank you...

It’s been another incredible week for Pokémon GO. Yesterday, Pokémon GO won the Best Mobile and Handheld Game at the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts Game Awards. We are surprised and grateful to be awarded this honor.

We owe the continued momentum and recognition to the dedicated players exploring the world and creating adventures together in Pokémon GO. Each and every award Pokémon GO has won is a testament to the game’s awesome and supportive community. We haven’t had a chance to thank everyone for each of these, so please accept a collective thank you now on behalf of all of us at Niantic and our partners at The Pokémon Company for all of these amazing honors including, but not limited to:

  • Adweek’s Hot List - Hottest Digital Obsession & Hottest Mobile Game
  • Academy of Arts and Science’s D.I.C.E. Awards - Mobile Game of the Year
  • BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards - Best Game
  • GameSpot - Best Mobile Games of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards - Innovation of the Year & Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year
  • GSMA Glomo Awards 2017 - Best Overall Mobile App
  • IGN - Mobile Game of the Year
  • SXSW Gaming Awards - Mobile Game of the Year
  • TechCrunch's Crunchies - Best App of the Year
  • The Game Awards - Best Mobile/Handheld Game & Best Family Game
  • The Game Developers Choice Awards - Best Mobile/Handheld Game
We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine.

Sources: https://nianticlabs.com/blog/thankyou040717/, http://www.bafta.org/media-centre/press-releases/games-awards-winners-list-2017

YouTube Clip - Pokemon Go wins Mobile | BAFTA Games Awards 2017


Article edited on 2017-04-14 09:57:05 by Sunain
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