Will New Pokémon Lure Players Back To Pokémon Go?

Will New Pokémon Lure Players Back To Pokémon Go?

Recently we ran a twitter poll asking if players were still into Pokémon GO, or has interest faded? The resounding result fell in favour of the latter.

But Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO, are keen to lure players back with some new additions to the game.

Fans have been vocal in their desire for more monsters to be added to the game, but have, to date, only been part placated with limited ‘event’ additions.

The first new Pokémon to be included post-launch was Ditto, a monster that comes disguised as a common Rattatta or Pidgey, only revealing its true self after capture.

Then came the Christmas themed Pikachus, wearing their little Santa’s hats, before the introduction of baby Pokémon like Pichu, Togepi and Igglypuff.

Now, it seems, Niantic are ready to take the game up a notch with the first major announcement since launch and the introduction of eighty new second gen monsters.

Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile, and many more Pokémon are nearly here! Starting later this week, you’ll have the opportunity to catch more than 80 Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games.

As well as the new Pokémon, players can also look forward to new evolutions, new ‘encounter gameplay’, new berries and a larger wardrobe from which to dress your avatar.

Roll-out of updates begins later this week and should help to breath new life into the game for remaining players. I feel it’s unlikely to coax past players back in vast numbers or attract many new players.

From pokemongolive.com
Additional Pokémon: More than 80 Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto region in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, as well as Pokémon with gender-specific variations, will start rolling out in Pokémon GO.
New Evolutions: There are now more opportunities to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO than ever before. Some Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region will soon be able to evolve—into Pokémon that inhabit the Johto region! Be on the lookout for new Evolution items at PokéStops, which you’ll need to evolve some Pokémon.
New Encounter Gameplay: When you encounter Pokémon in the wild, don’t be surprised if they react in new ways as you’re trying to catch them. You’ll also notice the addition of new item carousels that allow you to select Berries and Poké Balls directly from the encounter screen. Hone your skills and catch those elusive Pokémon!
New Berries: Pokémon enjoy eating Berries, and you’ll have the opportunity to get two new Berries by spinning the Photo Disc at PokéStops—Nanab Berries and Pinap Berries! Giving a Pokémon a Nanab Berry will slow its movements, making it easier to catch. The Pinap Berry doubles the amount of Candy you’ll receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
New Avatars and an Expanded Wardrobe: Now you’ll be able to give your avatar a complete upgrade! Customize your look with a whole new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items.

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