Niantic today announced their version of a swing at the ‘Metaverse’ tech bubble: a suite of new social features for both Pokémon Go and other Niantic games, such as Ingress and the upcoming Peridot, aimed at making it easier to get in touch with in-game friends and other local players. Meanwhile, changes to raids and rewards are coming next week as another step in Niantic’s march towards deciding that the Global Pandemic is now over.
After months of waiting, the much-anticipated update to Pokémon Home adding support for the most recent Pokémon games is finally nearly here. Announced to be arriving in “the coming weeks”, version 2.0.0 of Pokémon Home adds two-directional support for both Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends Arceus.
Last month for the Stufful Community Day, Niantic hosted a series of official community day meetups in cities all over the world. This month, for Alolan Geodude Community Day on the 21st May, even more cities will be hosting these in-person events as the game builds up to this summer’s Go Fest days in Germany, America and Japan.
Espeon, Pokémon Unite’s second Eeveelution, will join the action next Monday, confirming rumours that came about following a datamine of the game in late April.
Nintendo’s Financial Report for April 2021 to April 2022 was released this morning and while sales of Nintendo Switch hardware declined from their pandemic boost, the past year was one of the most successful on record for the Pokémon series. The sales of all four premium Pokémon games on the platform combined exceeded 34 million units, making it the most successful franchise on the platform for the year.