When Pokemon Go was released this past July, it was everywhere. It has over 500 million downloads and it was the most talked about app of the summer, maybe even the year. Pokemon Go even invaded the Komando headquarters.
A second wave is approaching. Do you think it will be just as big the second time around?
Originally, the Pokemon franchise released new characters every couple of years in sets called "generations." We expect to see many Pokemon from the second generation added to Pokemon Go. Rumors of these additions had been circulating for quite some time and were finally confirmed when the official Pokemon Twitter account posted this message.
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) December 7, 2016
This isn't a game you can win while sitting on the couch. The app shows you where nearby Pokemon are and you must approach that location to capture them. Then players train their Pokemon in virtual gyms and buy supplies at Poke Stops (virtual stores); these virtual locations were assigned to physical places that you must walk (or drive) to. In the past, gyms and Poke Stops have been located in random places.
As a part of this new release, players will be able to find gyms and Poke Stops at over 10,500 Sprint locations and 7,800 Starbucks shops all over the country. Niantic, the company behind the app, recently announced its partnership with these major companies. Starbucks also made an announcement and they created a special Pokemon go Frappuccino. It has a vanilla bean base with raspberry syrup blended in.
When the wave hits, hopefully there won't be as many issues surrounding the app. This summer, hackers threatened to crash the Pokemon Go servers, malware was hiding in game guide apps, and Craigslist listings about the app were very suspicious. Are you excited or ready for all of it to blow over?
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