Augmented Reality: Summer 2018 is over
Pokemon Go had a huge summer and a lot more happened than what was expected.
At the start of the summer Pokemon announced a brand new set of games for the Nintendo Switch called “Lets Go Pikachu” and “Lets Go Eevee.” These games were announced to have interoperability with Pokemon Go, allowing us to trade out pokemon from Pokemon Go into a game on the Nintendo Switch.
While some Pokemon Go players may not play the main series games, it’s really cool to see Nintendo supporting Pokemon Go on their main console. Both games are set for release on Nov. 19, 2018.
With the new games announced on Nintendo Switch, it wasn’t too long there after that they launched a long awaited feature to allow friend lists and trading amongst other players. These features brought a lot of older players back into the game, as well as real-life connectivity with friends and acquaintances around the area. There were many bonuses of having friends all the way around the world, making it a much more enjoyable experience not only locally, but internationally as well.
Each Community Day was a massive success this summer. It turns out the lighthouse, as good as it is for catching rare Pokemon, is not so great for community day as there aren’t many pokestops in game. The waterfront and Frost Park in Yarmouth was much more successful, and where the majority of the players ended up playing throughout the summer and will continue to do so in the coming months.
This year we also had a Worldwide Summer Tour. The summer tour was a set of challenges each area had to complete in order to unlock in game bonuses. There was a set of challenges for each of the summer months. We complete them reaping some excellent rewards that will extend into the winter months.
Right before summer ended, they partially launched another heavily requested feature to allow pokestop nominations in game. Pokestops are the real-life places we visit in game (Frost Park Fountain are War Monument at the Library are some examples). During the last two years there wasn’t any way to get new pokestops in Pokemon Go from within Pokemon Go. Currently, Niantic is only allowing the highest level players in Brazil and South Korea to submit new pokestops to play in-game. They have announced they will be opening it up to other locations in the future.
Last, but not least, we have to talk about Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. I wish I had more news on the game, but Niantic and Warner Bros haven’t been saying much about it. The only statement made was “more will be announced in 2018.” Since 2018 is coming to an end, we should hear a more formal announcement soon and hopefully be able to play it soon after.
Level 40 Pokemon Trainer and Future Wizard