“Pokemon Go is Dead.” “No-one plays that anymore.” “It was just a gimmick.” These are all phrases you hear being banded around about the Pokemon themed augmented reality mobile phone phenomenon that released last year to huge initial mass appeal. But while the game may seem short lived, in reality it’s still a booming success. Current numbers are unknown to us, but a source at Business Insider let us know back in April that Pokemon go was running with 65 million active monthly players, which put it ahead of Minecraft at the time of print… Wow, I know right?
Pokemon Go may not be the greatest game ever, but this consistent and highly measurable success means they’re doing something right. Back in February they introduced 80 new Pokemon, and ever since then they’ve been adding updates to the game to include shinies, public events, raids, and much to the excitement of Pokefans around the World – Legendaries.
A number of Legendary Pokemon have made an appearance including Moltres, Articuno and Lugia, and it seems rather predictably, Niantic have seen to complete the original Legendary Bird trio by including Zapdos in the mix.
Similarly to the previous 3 catchables, players will be able to pocket Zapdos by completing Raid Battles at Gyms, and only for a very limited time. Players won’t be able to take down this beast themselves (If anyone can show us otherwise, we’d love to see it), but will instead be required to team up with other trainers to have any hope of adding this awesome electric type to their collection.
Zapdos is only available until August 14th. So for those of you out there with a really hankering for a fist full of lightning, we recommend you get looking to that as soon as possible.
What else have Niantic got planned? Based off of relentless player feedback, trading and PvP battles still seem to be on the cards, although a number of delays leave us questioning as to when. European players have recently been given access to a number of Pokemon that were previously only available in more exotic regions. Safari Zone events have been planned for Europe, but due to some Serious Technical Issues at the Chicago Event, these European events have been delayed for now. Niantic had the following statement:
“Technical issues with our game software caused client crashes and interfered with gameplay for some users,” CEO John Hanke said. “A more protracted problem was caused by oversaturation of the mobile data networks of some network providers. This caused many attendees to be unable to access Pokemon Go or other Internet services. Network congestion also led to a login issue which affected some users able to access the Internet.”
Overall, it seems that despite appearances Niantic continue to hold on to a large and very dedicated user base. After all, the next most important attribute after quality is consistency, and aside from a few glitches along the way and a dodgy day out for a handful of Chicagoans, Pokemon Go consistently delivers on its promises.