Despite the explosion of interest at launch having diminished, it would be silly to assume that Pokémon GO has just disappeared. The mobile pocket monster hunting game is still alive and well, managing to entertain its core user base well beyond the means a game like it should. Niantic have been tinkering with updates here and there, but there hasn’t been anything as substantial as the one they’re releasing this week. Because now it’s time for the second generation of Pokémon to join the long grass.
Pokémon GO will be getting a host of new Pokémon from the second generation, primarily from the Gold and Silver titles that took place in Johto. That means you can expect to find familiar faces like Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile (the three starters in the game), along with others such as Murkrow and Donphan. The new generation also means new evolutions for existing Pokémon, such as Eevee being able to turn into Umbreon and Espeon.
New items are making their way to the game too, and some change the way some of the core mechanics work. Two new berry types, Pinap and Nanab, will double your candy on a successful catch and slow Pokémon movements respectively. Another item could also be used to make previously impossible evolutions happen, such as new forms for Onix and Porygon. Has those work (whether it be a candy cost, for example) is yet to be seen.
The update will also add some new clothing for you to deck your trainer out with, which is great considering the sorely lacking options that were available at launch. Niantic is hoping to push all of this out this week, but haven’t yet dived into the nitty-gritty details of how it all works. Presumably new Pokémon will just appear on the map now, and hopefully start hatching out of your already incubating eggs.
If you’re still playing Pokémon GO then, it’s just more to keep you going. But is it enough to convince you to return to the game?