Today’s Pokémon news: Pokémon GO update now available on iOS and message from John Hanke, but also…
- Pokémon stickers (iMessage)
- Pokémon TCG
On Saturday, Niantic started rolling out an update for Pokémon GO, adding the Pokémon Buddy system and support for Pokémon GO Plus. As of yesterday evening, the update is finally available to all users on both Android and iOS. For more details about the update, please click here!
But that’s not all: yesterday, John Hanke also posted a message to talk about Pokémon GO. Here it is:
It’s been an incredible run since launch and, as we start wrapping up the summer in California, we want to thank all the Trainers for the enthusiasm they have shown for the game.
Pokémon GO has been installed hundreds of millions of times since our launch in early July and is played in more than 100 countries around the world. We are working hard to bring the game to more (India, we hear you!). All that and we’ve only scratched the surface of gameplay that we want to create. It’s been terrific to see all the activity throughout the world. Most inspiring has been the response from people of all ages and lifestyles describing how Pokémon GO has been force for good in their lives. We set out to create an experience that encourages discovery, exercise and real world connections and it has been incredible to see that mission come to life.
New stories have surfaced virtually daily about Trainers getting out into the real world, becoming more healthy, meeting neighbors, and helping kids. We’ve also heard from people using the game to cope with social anxiety, depression and autism, and even using it to improve their relationships. We have heard from tens of thousands of you directly, including amazing examples such as Kelly, who emailed us to tell her story about getting out finding a new sense of purpose. We have seen dozens of self-organized player events, some with humanitarian goals such as Pokémon for Progress. All of your stories and smiles have motivated us through sleepless nights.
Thank you for your continued support! We’ve got a lot more in the works this fall. Stay tuned here for all the details.
Talking of John Hanke, here’s a recording of his panel at Disrupt SF, where he talks about Niantic itself, Pokémon GO, and more:
Pokémon stickers (iMessage)
Back in July, The Pokémon Company released some Pokémon stickers on LINE (Pokémon Pixel Art 1). Good news for iOS users: those very stickers are now available for iMessage, too! They cost 1.99€/$1.99/£1.79/249 Yen.
Here’s some pictures of the stickers:
For the 20th Anniversary of the Pokémon series, and therefore of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, The Pokémon is reprinting some classic Pokémon TCG cards in Japan. To celebrate this launch, a special Pokémon Card Game 20th Anniversary Countdown event was held in Japan.
Here’s some pictures of that event, and of the classic Pokémon TCG cards being reprinted: