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Pokemon Go Safari Zone in-person events get new 2021 dates

Gamesradar 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

Events in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Liverpool were postponed last year due to the pandemic

The in-person events were originally scheduled for various weekends in March, April, and May of 2020, but were cancelled due to concerns rising from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Now, a year-and-a-half and hundreds of millions of vaccinations later, Niantic has announced replacement dates for its Pokemon Go Safari Zone events in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Liverpool.

"We know how meaningful and rewarding it is to connect and explore together in the real world through our live events," reads the announcement. "That’s why we’re excited to announce new dates for the Safari Zone events originally planned for 2020!"

First up is Pokemon Go Safari Zone: Liverpool, which has been rescheduled for Friday, October 15 to Sunday, October 17, in Sefton Park. A couple weeks later will be the Philadelphia event, which will run from Friday, October 29 to the spookiest day of the year, Sunday, October 31. And finally, the Pokemon Go Safari Zone: St. Louis is now scheduled for Friday, November 12 to Sunday, November 14 in Tower Grove Park.

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Pokémon GO Safari Zone Event Is Back On, Available In-Person Or Remote

Screen Rant 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

As announced on the Pokemon Go update page, Niantic revealed the new dates for the in-person events. Players who take part can expect to find special, featured Pokemon, event-exclusive tasks, and more.

The dates and locations are as follows:

These are the original locations the events were set to happen at before they were postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. And Niantic says ticket holders can participate in the events, no matter where they are in the world. The Pokemon Go team says they are working to keep the events safe, with line management, social-distancing protocols, and mask requirements for all staff members. 

In-person Pokemon Go events started to come back earlier this year, with Pokemon Go Fest 2021 taking place in over 20 cities back in July.

It's been a turbulent month for the Pokemon Go developers and fans, however. In early August, Pokemon Go players took to social media with the hashtag #HearUsNiantic after the developer removed the extended range feature for Pokestops. That functionality let players interact with Pokestops from further away, and was added to help folks play the game during the pandemic.

Niantic responded to the fan feedback and permanently extended the radius back to 80 meters. And in an effort to be more transparent, Niantic says it will publish a developer diary every other month to explain the company's current plans and priorities for the game.

Pokemon Go events aren't the only thing PokeFans have to look forward to. November will see the launch of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remakes, before Pokemon Legends: Arceus takes the series in a new direction next January.

Pokemon GO developers have put a new focus on communication with players

Sportskeeda 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

Pokemon GO developers, in a recent blog post, pledged to make several improvements to their service, one of which was being more communicative with the player base.

Previously, the main forum that Niantic used to update players was the Known Issues page on their site. However, the latter still haven't had their app-related grievances addressed.

As a result, Niantic has made several measures to improve communication between developers and players.

The blog post where Niantic announced their new devotion to increased communication was written by Steven Wang, Executive Producer of the Pokemon GO team.

This announcement took place after four 30 minute roundtable sessions where the development team at Pokemon GO spoke with leaders in the community. They heard multiple complaints from these sessions, but chief among them was that communication was an issue for their patrons.

To address this grievance, Niantic will be posting a developer diary bimonthly. This diary will offer more detailed information on events, game mechanics, and components of that nature. This will be done in addition to further updating the Known Issues page to keep players up to date.

Communication was not the only issue addressed. Players of Pokemon GO have also complained about the interaction distance between PokeStops and Gyms. This was extended to 80 meters to limit walking during the pandemic, but was recently shortened to 40 meters.

After receiving feedback from the community, the developers of Pokemon GO reverted the PokeStop and Gym interaction radius back to 80 meters.

After addressing player concerns and offering cogent measures to deal with issues, Wang stated:

Increased communication should be a welcome initiative to fans at this time. Several new events are coming with the Season of Mischief in its early days, and players will be eager to know which Pokemon will be in raids, dates for Community Days, etc.

Pokemon GO: Misunderstood Mischief Special Research Tasks and Rewards

GameRant 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

Pokemon GO developers, in a recent blog post, pledged to make several improvements to their service, one of which was being more communicative with the player base.

Previously, the main forum that Niantic used to update players was the Known Issues page on their site. However, the latter still haven't had their app-related grievances addressed.

As a result, Niantic has made several measures to improve communication between developers and players.

The blog post where Niantic announced their new devotion to increased communication was written by Steven Wang, Executive Producer of the Pokemon GO team.

This announcement took place after four 30 minute roundtable sessions where the development team at Pokemon GO spoke with leaders in the community. They heard multiple complaints from these sessions, but chief among them was that communication was an issue for their patrons.

To address this grievance, Niantic will be posting a developer diary bimonthly. This diary will offer more detailed information on events, game mechanics, and components of that nature. This will be done in addition to further updating the Known Issues page to keep players up to date.

Communication was not the only issue addressed. Players of Pokemon GO have also complained about the interaction distance between PokeStops and Gyms. This was extended to 80 meters to limit walking during the pandemic, but was recently shortened to 40 meters.

After receiving feedback from the community, the developers of Pokemon GO reverted the PokeStop and Gym interaction radius back to 80 meters.

After addressing player concerns and offering cogent measures to deal with issues, Wang stated:

Increased communication should be a welcome initiative to fans at this time. Several new events are coming with the Season of Mischief in its early days, and players will be eager to know which Pokemon will be in raids, dates for Community Days, etc.

How to RSVP for the Pokémon Go Safari events

Dot Esports 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

Everything you need to know about the rescheduled Pokémon Go Safari Zone events.

Remember back in 2020 when trainers around the world were excited to get together and play with friends in a Pokémon Go Safari Zone? Well, trainers will finally get that chance now that the events have received updated dates.

The Pokémon Go Safari Zone events are city-based events where trainers from around the world can congregate and take place in an in-person event for the game. Those who originally bought tickets for these events and didn’t refund them can now RSVP for their selected event.

For those who planned on traveling but can’t due to COVID-19 restrictions, the event can be accessed from anywhere in the world for any event they hold a ticket for. The locations for the Safari Zones aren’t changing and will be held in Liverpool, Philadelphia, and St. Louis.

All ticket holders for all of the events must RSVP. Safari Zone ticket holders will see an updated date and time for their selected event in the Events tab. Nothing has been changed about ticket reservations. Tickets are only good for one specific day that was chosen at the time of purchase and no additional tickets will be sold for the event.

At time of publication, trainers are waiting on an email with more information on how to RSVP.

The City Explorer Pass has also been removed and those purchases will be refunded. Niantic will be starting refunds of the City Explorer Pass on Oct. 2.

Liverpool’s event takes place from Oct. 15 to 17 in Sefton Park. The Safari Zone dates for Philadelphia are Oct. 29 to 31 in Fairmount Park. St. Louis’ event takes place from Nov. 12 to 14 in Tower Grove Park and the hours for the event have been shifted one hour earlier. Updated event times for St. Louis can be found on your ticket.

Global event hours for those who can’t travel to the location their ticket is in will be based on the local time where the event is happening. Each event time can be found by looking at your ticket under the Events tab.

Pokémon Go Safari Zone is an in-person event that’s also being held globally, where players can catch featured Pokémon, complete Special Research and Field Research tasks, and experience in-person surprises.

Incense will also be increased for this event and will last for eight hours. Lure modules activated during the event will last for four hours. Special two-kilometer eggs will be available for hatching as well.

Niantic is working closely with local authorities to hold a safe event and they may be postponed again. For now, trainers should keep tabs on their email for more instructions on how to RSVP and confirm they can still attend on the new dates.

Misunderstood Mischief Pokemon Go Unlock Step 2/16

GosuNoob.com 03 September, 2021 - 11:20pm

The Season of Mischief has begun in Pokemon GO, and its special research story – the Misunderstood Mischief – is stuck at “Step 2/16”, and players are wondering what it is they need to do to unlock this. Since the Misunderstood Mischief in question is the Hoopa, a powerful and popular Pokemon, it’s no wonder that many are looking to get this Pokemon as quickly as possible. In this Misunderstood Mischief Pokemon Go Unlock Step 2/16 guide, we will see what you need to do in order to progress past the Step 2/16 screen.

The first step in this special research is very easy. All you need to do is to get ten nice throws using one Incense and to take ten snapshots of Pokemon which are the wild Psychic-type. The trouble starts when you have finished these and want to progress to the next stage. Normally, when you complete one set of tasks, you will then receive the next batch of things you are required to do. However, instead of this, you will get a rather cryptic message screen. On this screen, instead of the next round of tasks, it will say Step 2/16 and the following message: “Professor Willow is currently performing an investigation regarding this research. Check back for more details soon!”

The cause of this is pretty obvious and basically amounts to developer Niantic not wanting players to blow through this too quickly. The next part looks to unlock September 5th, and the official blog post states that it is then that will be “Hoopa’s Arrival”. So, all that’s left to do in order to unlock Step 2/16 is to wait a couple of more days. We know that this probably isn’t the answer you were looking for, but sometimes all that’s left is to just be patient.

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