Mobile game Pokemon Go has surpassed a staggering 1 billion downloads since its launch in July 2016. Taken in isolation, the figures are incredible, but considering the game had been downloaded 500 million times by September 2016, it is hardly surprising that it broke the new milestone.
In its 3-year history, the title has continued to smash mobile app and mobile gaming records, and even now it continues to do so thanks to regular launches of new features, as well as a slew of community days to encourage active use.
Various mobile games have attempted to emulate its success, often borrowing heavily from its design and style, but none have yet matched its popularity or iconic status.
Pokemon Go was a sensation when it first launched in 2016. It was hailed as causing an accidental exercise phenomenon as people of all ages took to the streets to capture AR Pokemon in their own neighbourhoods. One of the reasons for its continued success has been the additional content and features that Niantic has released over the years.
Following the departure of Armored Mewtwo last month, Niantic announced that players would be able to capture the rare shiny version of Pokemon Emerald Version cover star Rayquaza. The Pokemon will be available in 5-star raids until 2nd September and GameSpot has published a handy guide on how to catch Rayquaza.
Team Rocket Appearance
Over the last fortnight, players have encountered the villainous Team Rocket trainers. The team have been invading PokeStops on and off since the end of July, and there was even a Special Research questline for players to follow.
Team Rocket grunts fight using Shadow Pokemon variants, and if a player beats the grunt, they will leave their Shadow monsters behind. Lucky players will then have the option to purify the monster by spending Candy and Stardust. Purified Pokemon have improved stats and require less Stardust and Candy in order to power up.
Pokemon Go Community Days
Last Saturday, August 2nd, was the latest Pokemon Go Community Day. Community days encourage players to get out and meet up with one another in local parks and other local venues to play the game.
Community Days have proven popular in the past, with special characters appearing frequently throughout the world for the space of a few hours. Other bonuses for trainers include increased XP and other collectables.
Augmented Reality Games
Pokemon Go wasn’t the first game of its type. In fact, the game was built using a lot of the technology and mapping that Niantic already had in place from a game called Ingress. Ingress, however, did not set the world alight in the same way as Pokemon Go managed.
Since the incredible popularity of the Pokemon mobile game, there have been similar games allowing you to capture dinosaurs, monsters, ghosts and more.
Niantic hoped to emulate the success of Pokemon Go with the launch of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Wizards Unite launched in June 2019. It generated $12m in revenue in its first month and was downloaded 15 million times. Pokemon made $300m during its first month and was installed 182 million times, making it the clear leader of the genre. The Harry Potter based game is the second most popular title in the genre, followed by Jurassic World Alive.
Let us know whether you’re still playing Pokemon Go, and whether you took part in the most recent Community Day.