A new Pokemon Go update is rolling out, with fans hoping for a new Easter Event
UPDATE: Since the writing of this article, a new Pokemon Go update has been launched by Niantic, bringing the game up to version 0.61.0 for Android and 1.31.0 for iOS devices.
Some of the new release notes and comments from the Niantic development team can be found below, it should be noted that dataminers might find a lot more hidden in the added code later today.
- Added Traditional Chinese language support.
- Updated the Pokemon collection screen scroll bar.
- Various bug fixes.
- Minor text fixes.
Datamining teams have already posted that they're waiting to get their hands on the APK files to begin looking for new content, with many hoping for some big news to be found.
ORIGINAL: Following the end of the recent Water Festival, which made changes to what types of Pokemon were available in certain areas, a new Pokemon Go update has been released.
But it isn’t one that makes any changes to content or features, instead, this latest tweak to the game concerns only Pocket Monsters and where to find them.
The 18th Nest Migration has started to roll out, meaning significant changes to your local hotspots of Pokemon Go activity.
Migrationary Pokemon are known to be randomly shuffled, making it very difficult for anyone to track the changes completely.
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It means the best way of finding out what has changed is to hit the streets again and make certain for yourself.
For those fans who were hoping to find a way to find out information before heading out, The Silph Road provides an Atlas on what known nest changes have been made.
“Looks like my Ponyta nest became a Cyndaquil one! That's a welcome change,” one fans wrote.
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Another added: “You don't know true disappointment until you get a Dunsparce nest.”
Pokemon Go developer Niantic has been handed some bad news this week, as new stats reveal how many users have stopped playing the game.
At its peak, Pokemon Go was being played by a massive 28 million people. Unfortunately, however, around 80% of those users have stopped playing.
New data obtained by Recode shows that the Pokemon Go player base has gone from 28.5 million to 5 million by the end of last year.
Based on those trends, it's fair to assume that even fewer people are playing now, although the release of Gen 2 Pokemon and the launch of Water Festival event may have seen the number rise.
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To combat the drop in players, Niantic is expected to launch an Easter event in the coming days, perhaps as early as this week.
New Niantic events tend to be revealed around midday on any given weekday, so it's worth checking back soon.
While nothing has been announced regarding an Easter update, Niantic has celebrated other major holidays, so a new event seems likely.
An Easter event is likely to incorporate eggs in some way, perhaps making them easier to hatch.
The last big in-game event introduced Shiny Pokemon, which gives Niantic endless opportunities to keep fans engaged.
Any new event could coincide with the release of a new shiny Pokemon, and give players a better chance of catching that particular Pokemon by increasing spawn rates – much like the Water Festival.