Is anyone out there still playing Pokemon Go?
Niantic is certainly hoping so, with its long-awaited release of a new update that will put 80 new Pokemon into the mobile app game later this week.
The new spawns will feature species originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokemon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games.
“Today is a momentous occasion for our team here at Niantic which has been hard at work to deliver these additional Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for our passionate global community of Trainers playing Pokémon GO,” Niantic founder and Chief Executive Officer John Haneke said in a statement. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover and much more.”
The new Pokemon could be coming in the nick of time as players have shown increased frustration with the monotony in the game since its initial release in July 2016.
This should be good news to those fans, many of whom weren’t exactly thrilled when Niantic announced their recent Valentine’s Day event featured minor rewards, like increased captures of pink Pokemon and double candy in the game.
That is, if they’re still playing.