As we speculated yesterday, the Pokemon GO fire and ice event, being referred to as the "Solstice Event" by Niantic, has been officially announced, and is set to begin early next week. Before going into details, it's worth mentioning the game celebrates two milestones: 750 million global downloads and one year since Pokemon GO was released in the App Store. Get ready for an action-packed couple of months!
As for the actual game, the Solstice Event will run from June 13 until June 20, and it appears to be catering to players in both northern and southern hemispheres. During those seven days, trainers will be able to more easily find Fire and Ice Pokemon as well as get big XP bonuses for accurate Poke Ball tosses. Niantic also confirmed that an update would hit Pokemon GO on all platforms soon after the in-game event ends, which focuses on collaborative group gameplay features that add new ways to spend quality times playing Pokemon GO. In preparation of updating the game with these features, Niantic has temporarily disabled the Gyms.
Quigley explained that capturing Pokemon in the wild may be a fun activity for many "Pokemon Go" fans, however, it does not provide a "connected [gameplay] experience". That'll be action in Pokemon Gyms, of course - which makes us think that the only fair way to go forward is to kick every Pokemon out that's now in a gym. Also, what do you think about Niantic disabling gyms? Niantic Tickets go on sale June 19 at 1 p.m. ET. Niantic is throwing bones to European and Japanese players in the form of special celebrations at Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers in the former and a Pikachu Outbreak in the latter, but that still does nothing for the thousands of stateside players who will glare with envy at Chicago.
A new version of Unown can be seen floating in the recently released image for the Chicago event, probably teasing the release of small wave of new Pocket Monsters soon. This is what is expected from the upcoming "Pokemon GO" Ice and Fire event. We'll keep you updated as more info comes our way.