Niantic is gearing up for 2018’s Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, and this time, they have experience points on their side. Last year’s celebration might have splashed like a Magikarp, but that’s all the more reason to expect this year will be done right. The day-long event will be held from July 14-15 in Lincoln Park. Officially titled “A Walk in the Park,” the event website points out the 1.8 mile walking course in the park. Niantic also claims there will be “able to engage in a variety of activities and challenges, so you’ll be able to take part no matter where you are.” It’s doubtful this means the event will launch globally, otherwise there’d be no point in having trainers travel to Chicago for the thing. Tickets go on sale May 11, and details regarding the event will be added soon.
Two other Pokemon GO events will be held in other regions of the world. In Kalos – I mean Europe – a Safari Zone will happen in Dortmund, Germany from June 30 through July 1 in Westfalenpark. It won’t be confined to that location, however. Instead, the safari expands into the entire city district of Dortmund. Finally, in Japan, another Pokemon GO Safari Zone in Yokosuka. Details are few for the time being, but main game Safari Zones are usually where exclusive or hard-to-find monsters run wild, and Niantic has teased an opportunity to catch Pokemon rarely seen in those regions. Maybe trainers will even receive safari balls to use for the events?
The upcoming Pokemon GO Community Day happens on Saturday, May 19, and will feature Charmander. Future dates for the monthly happening include June 16 (Saturday again) and July 8 (a Sunday this time). Make a note if you’re interested, just don’t walk off a cliff or wander onto private property by accident. That definitely won’t help the community.
Matt Eschbach is a PC, Mac and Android indie game developer and fiction writer. His works have won multiple monetary awards from various contests. Graduating college in 2012 with a major in Game Design, Matt spends his time making stuff up and then building it. His favorite hobby… is sleeping.