Remember when Pokemon GO was the thing last summer? Everyone was playing the augmented reality game. These days there is a noticeably smaller player base but they are a dedicated bunch. Niantic and the Pokemon Company don’t often miss out on an opportunity to build hype around special dates like Halloween. Last year, the Pokemon Go Halloween event was well received by Pokemon Go players so it only makes sense that Niantic would go back to the well to see if they can make lightning strike twice. This year, however, there is a special twist in the Halloween event that should have players even more excited. That’s right, alongside the Halloween announcement, Niantic has confirmed that Pokemon GO Gen 3 release date.
Want to get in on the hype? Check out the announcement video for yourself:
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Users will get the chance to catch spooky Halloween Pokemon like Ghastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and Gengar. However, even more exciting is the addition of Gen 3 Pokemon. Here’s the full announcement from Niantic regarding the Halloween event and the new Pokemon that will be joining the lineup during the event:
Gastly, Drowzee, Cubone, and other spooky Pokémon are back again this Halloween, and this time, they’re bringing some special friends! Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokémon GO. The rest of the Pokémon first seen in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will gradually arrive starting as early as December! We hope Trainers enjoy this special Halloween treat. The Halloween celebration will start on October 20 at 12:00 P.M. PDT and run until November 2 at 1:00 P.M. PDT.
There’s a lot of information in there so let’s break things down a bit. First, Noon PDT on October 20th is the start of this year’s Halloween event and you will have until November 2nd to participate in the Halloween event.
However, the big news in that announcement is the addition of Gen 3 Pokemon and a confirmed Pokemon GO Gen 3 release date. Trainers can start catching some limited Gen 3 Pokemon in the upcoming event and then the rest of the Gen 3 Pokemon will be added to the game “as early as December.” Hopefully that means December and not much, much later.
Much of the initial Pokemon Go hype has died down but there is still a dedicated player base and Niantic has been adding new features to the game since the incredibly popular launch last summer. For example, players can now participate in raids as well as enjoy themed events and chase down new Pokemon from later generations. Perhaps the announcement of the Pokemon GO Gen 3 release date in combination with the Halloween event will be enough to build back some the hype that has been lost since the game first launched.
Are you still an avid Pokemon Go player? Did you stop playing that game after the initial launch hype? Does the Halloween event and Pokemon GO Gen 3 release date change anything for you? I want to hear if you will be participating in this year’s Halloween event or if the magic of Pokemon GO has worn off for you. Hit up the comments section below and share your thoughts!