For anyone involved in a live event hosted by Niantic, it can be difficult to imagine recreating such an event today, when social distance is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although there are reopening areas, countless health officials have warned that social distance is still necessary. So, when Niantic announced that Pokémon Go Fest 2020 would still take place, many of us were rightly concerned about how such a massive event could be safely carried out.
John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, assured us that Pokémon Go Fest 2020 is a fully virtual experience. While trainers are encouraged to go out and enjoy the summer, this event has been designed to allow participation while practicing social distancing.
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What is Pokémon Go Fest?
The biggest event of the year for Pokémon Go, the Pokémon Go Fest is an annual celebration of everything related to Pokémon Go. Launched in 2017 in Chicago, the Pokémon Go Fest was a true global gathering of players who worked together to take on challenges, catch old and new Pokémon and celebrate their love for the game. Since then, Niantic has hosted this event every year.
In 2019, Pokémon Go Fest expanded to include events in Dortmud and Yokohama, as well as in Chicago. While attendees had access to unique Pokémon and rewards, these events also included rewards for players who were unable to attend and involved unlocking new Pokémon and features for in-game play. to come up. For example, during the first Pokémon Go Fest, Lugia was presented as the first legendary Pokémon in the game.
How will Pokémon Go Fest 2020 be different?
Due to the global pandemic, social isolation is absolutely essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While Niantic certainly has plans for future live events that, once again, would involve hundreds of players in one place, to make Pokémon Go Fest 2020 a reality, Niantic needed a new creative approach. It’s not the first virtual event hosted by Niantic – after all, Pokémon Go Community Day has become a Play at Home edition that works really well! – but it is certainly the biggest virtual event. Since Pokémon Go Fest was a huge event in the past few years, it was important for Niantic to make this event feel only Pokémon Go, as well as to provide fun and excitement in a safe way for them. players around the world.
While the activities that players will complete for Pokémon Go Fest 2020 have been designed to allow safe social distancing, there are specific features designed to keep the community engaged and connected throughout this two-day event.
Niantic Social is a new feature that comes first to Pokémon Go. Using Niantic Social, players will be able to see friends online in real time, which will help coordinate raid invitations so friends can take on raids from a distance together. As players have to team up to tackle the toughest raids, this new feature will make a huge difference, both during Pokémon Go Fest and afterwards.
Global challenges before and during the Go Fest
In the weeks leading up to Pokémon Go Fest 2020, players from around the world will be invited to participate in timed special searches, similar to those presented in the Throwback Challenge event. Each week, a new special timed research line will be presented. The more players there are to take on these challenges, the more Pokémon will be unlocked during Pokémon Go Fest 2020.
Global challenges will also continue during the event. All players with tickets will be able to participate in the Global Challenge Arena on the first day of the event. Every hour, a new challenge will be linked to the rotating habitats. If players can finish the challenge before the end of the hour, they will get incredible bonuses for the rest of the hour. One such challenge could be to send 100,000 gifts to friends. If players around the world reach this total, for the rest of the hour, the gifts will include rare candies.
As any Pokémon Go trainer can tell you, different places in the world spawn different Pokémon. If you go to water, you will find more Water type Pokémon. The parks have Pokémon nests where, each week, a different Pokémon species appears more in this particular park. During previous Pokémon Go Fests, Niantic built massive accessories and sets to transport players into the world of the Pokémon they caught.
While these sets aren’t really possible in a global event, and social distance can make it difficult, if not impossible, to travel to different locations, Niantic will implement five different habitats that will rotate every hour. These habitats will be themed around fire, water, grass, friendship and battle. Each habitat will be presented twice on the first day. In addition to the Pokémon specific to these themes, players will also have challenges related to these themes.
In addition to the hourly challenges, Pokémon Go Fest 2020 will be built not on one, but two special research lines. Players will have to work with Professor Willow for two days to solve the mysteries surrounding a new mythical Pokémon. Although Niantic hasn’t revealed which Mythical Pokémon will be featured, trainers are encouraged to keep an eye on Niantic’s official social media accounts for clues as we get closer to the event. To access these special search lines, players must log in on both days of the event, but once unlocked, they can be completed at any time. They will not expire if players are unable to complete them on the day they are unlocked.
Virtual team lounges
One of the best parts of previous Pokémon Go Fests had to be the team lounges. These spaces dedicated to each of the three Pokémon Go teams have served as places where trainers can relax, meet other trainers, participate in fun activities and share their love of Pokémon Go. Although we cannot meet in no one this year, Niantic is setting up a microsite for the event where players can create a personal virtual lounge. Using the virtual lounge, trainers can chat with other players, participate in virtual activities and even win great gifts. These lounges, like real-world counterparts, will not be limited to one team or another, but there will be fun, team-specific surprises for trainers in their personal lounge.
Sign me up!
Are you completely sold on all the fun that Niantic has in store for Pokémon Go Fest 2020? Awesome! The event will run from July 25 to 26, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. Tickets are on sale as of June 15, 2020 via the Pokémon Go app. A ticket costs $ 15 USD or local equivalent and is good for both days of the event. And the best part? Unlike in previous years, there is no ticket limit. These tickets will not sell out in 15 to 30 minutes and you will not have to pay an arm and a leg to the scalpers for the chance to play.
Do you have questions about how to participate in Pokémon Go Fest 2020 while keeping your social distance? Do you have advice for other trainers? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our full Pokédex, as well as our many Pokémon Go guides so you too can become a Pokémon master!
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