‘Pokemon GO’ news: Collaborative Group Gameplay hinted, Solstice event kicks off

A promotional image for the "Pokemon GO Fest" event. (PokemonGoLive)

The celebration for “Pokemon GO’s” first year is in full swing as Niantic delivered an anniversary message accompanied by a hint.

In the message, the video game developer mentioned “collaborative group gameplay,” giving its fans a teaser on what to expect in the near future. “You can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways,” read the statement. “In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.”

A report from The Christian Post speculated that the “collaborative group gameplay,” could pertain to co-op gameplay. This was one of the fan requests for the game, and it could possibly become available within the year.

Apart from the big tease, Niantic also mentioned the Solstice Event, which begins this week and lasts until June 20. For the entire week, players can find Fire and Ice-type Pokemon like Lapras, Sneasel, Houndour, Charmander, and Cyndaquil more frequently. Furthermore, players can also earn more XP points by completing certain actions like accurately throwing Poke Balls. In addition, Lucky Eggs are also on sale at half the price in the in-game shop.

To prepare the fans for next month’s festivities, Niantic also announced the details of their big event for July. “We’re also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokémon GO event coming your way: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017,” Niantic’s announcement read.

Tickets will be available starting June 19 at 10 a.m. PDT. Moreover, players from Europe can also join the celebration through a series of smaller “Pokemon GO” events. Such events will take place starting this month until September. Niantic will host the events in partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.

“Pokemon GO” was named “Best Mobile Game” in the 21st Annual Webby Awards last month.