Niantic, the developer behind the popular augmented reality game Pokémon GO has always had a focus on community, as well it should considering its players need to go out in the real world to catch the digital pocket monsters.
As such, the company has launched a variety of different events since the game’s inception that have been designed to bring players together. That trend continues with a new initiative, a once-a-month Community Day, which will officially begin on Saturday, January 20. After that date, these community events will take place once a month for the foreseeable future.
The idea is to bring players to parks, where they can meet other players in their area. During that time, a special Pokémon will show up for only a few hours, and players will try to catch it. When the pocket monster is caught during this time, it will know an exclusive move, and there will be other bonuses during these events, which can range from increased XP or Stardust.
“Once a month, we’ll host a Pokémon GO Community Day event starring a special Pokémon, which will appear frequently around the world for just a few hours. When caught during the event, this special Pokémon will know an exclusive move. Other bonuses will be in effect during the event, such as increased XP or Stardust, and Lure Modules activated during the event will last for three hours.”
While Niantic suggests that trainers should meet up at their local parks to participate and meet other players, it doesn’t actually say that the Community Day requires you to do that for participation. It only says that a special Pokémon will be available for a few hours on those specific days, so even if you can’t make it to a park you should have a chance at getting those extra goodies and the special pocket monster.
Here are the dates and times for the first Community Day on January 20:
“The Asia-Pacific region: January 20, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. JST (GMT +9)
Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India: January 20, 2018, from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. UTC (GMT +0)
The Americas and Greenland: January 20, 2018, from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. PST (GMT -8)”
There was some concern after the launch of Pokémon GO that it would simply drop away into the haze of history, and not actually have any longevity from its player base or even the developer behind the title, but it’s safe to say the AR-based game is still popular. And Niantic continues to pump new content into the title on a semi-regular basis, which surely helps keep players around.
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