Pokémon GO has been adding pocket monsters on a semi-regular basis, along with plenty of in-game events to keep things interesting for fans of the augmented reality game.
In an effort to make things a bit more dynamic, Niantic has officially announced that Pokémon GO will be adding new weather effects in the title. The developer says that the game will be able to detect the real world weather around the player, and that weather will be reflected in the game. So if it’s raining nearby, it will be raining in the game. And if it’s sunny, well, expect some sunshine while you hunt down new creatures.
What’s more, that weather will also be changing the gameplay, too. You will see habitats where Pokémon can be found change dynamically as well, and Combat Power can change on the fly, too, based on the type of creature you’re fighting and the weather at the time of the battle. The weather effects can even mean you earn more Stardust after you catch a pocket monster.
“For the first time in an augmented reality mobile game, real-world weather will now be a factor in the gameplay experience. As Trainers are exploring the world around them in search of Pokémon, the current weather in their vicinity will be visible on the in-game map. The real-world weather around Trainers will impact the gameplay of Pokémon GO in a variety of ways that include changing Pokémon habitats and where they can be found, increasing Combat Power, and earning more Stardust after catching a Pokémon.
Ace Trainers can take advantage of their climates to level up their Pokémon GO experience. Trainers can look forward to finding Mudkip splashing when it rains, Cacnea basking in the sun, and Snorunt huddling together in the snow. Certain Pokémon will be more likely to appear in the weather that suits them the most, so Pokémon GO Trainers will be excited to learn more about their local weather patterns and ecology to find these rare Pokémon and make progress on their Pokédexes. As the seasons change, they’ll encounter different Pokémon, thereby keeping their gameplay experience fresh.”
And there are indeed new Pokémon to collect, including Gen 3 creatures like Treecko and Torchic. Niantic will be adding even more pocket monsters from the Hoenn region in the coming weeks for good measure:
“Dozens of Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region are now available to discover, catch, and collect in Pokémon GO. Pokémon including Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip can now be discovered “in the real world,” with more Hoenn region Pokémon arriving in the coming weeks.”
The latest update for Pokémon GO is rolling out today, so you should see these new changes as soon as you update.[via Niantic]