Niantic’s Pokemon GO has definitely changed the way that people play games on their mobile phones, thanks largely to the use of augmented reality. No doubt the popularity of the Pokemon franchise played a big role in helping gamers adopt the game and the technology, but like we said, it has definitely changed how we see AR technology and how it can be used.

The game was originally launched a year ago and to celebrate the game turning one year old, the folks at Niantic have announced that they will be hosting a Solstice Event that will be kicking off on the 13th of June which will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokemon. There will also be huge XP bonuses for throwing Poke Balls accurately.

Niantic has also announced that they will be hosting their first real-world event which will kick off in Chicago. “We’re also excited to announce our first ever real-world Pokémon GO event coming your way: Pokémon GO Fest Chicago! This event will take place in downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA at the beautiful Grant Park on July 22, 2017. Join us as we celebrate the Pokémon GO community with a ton of exciting festivities.”

The developer has also promised an update to the game that will focus on collaborative group gameplay features, although we’re not sure if this could be the trading feature that many have been looking forward to, or if that will come in a separate update, but either way it is something to look forward to.

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