Aug­mented Re­al­ity: Sum­mer 2018 is over

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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.

Nic Doucet,

Yar­mouth

Level 40 Poke­mon Trainer and Fu­ture Wizard

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