Pokemon Go Safari Zone Event Returns

Pokémon GO has announced the reintroduction of Safari Zone events, which may be attended in person or online, following its discontinuation in 2020. During the COVID-19 epidemic in 2020, one of the numerous changes to Pokémon GO was the disappearance of Safari Zones.

The worldwide lockdowns imposed in reaction to COVID-19 posed a significant barrier to Pokémon GO, which is centered on exploring the world and interacting with others. Niantic’s adjustments allowing fans to play from home were highly appreciated, and when the firm revealed its plan to reverse those changes, outrage ensued. Following a boycott of the game, Niantic reversed its contentious decision and announced various adjustments to Pokémon GO, focusing on PokéStop distance.

Niantic is contemplating a return to in-person events while maintaining COVID-conscious gaming mechanisms. The game’s live Safari Zone activities will return this fall, according to the Pokémon GO blog. The game has three such events planned, which were formerly slated for 2020 but have been postponed.

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The Liverpool Safari Zone will take place from October 15 to 17. The Philadelphia Safari Zone will take place from October 29 to 31. The St. Louis Safari Zone will take place from November 12 to 14. Ticketholders for a Safari Zone will be able to participate virtually from anywhere in the globe, breaking with tradition.

Everyone who buys in will receive event-exclusive research assignments, as well as longer durations for lures and incense supplies, allowing fans to play Pokémon GO in the middle of nowhere. Players who attend the Philadelphia event will be able to “take a photo for a surprise!” since featured Pokémon will appear in the wild regardless of physical location. In order for organizers to keep an exact count and guarantee the safety of attendees, ticketholders who plan to attend in person must RSVP ahead of time.

This turn toward the social aspect of Pokémon GO that the game was renowned for before 2020 is accompanied by more traditional upgrades to the mobile game. The Season of Mischief in Pokémon GO is already underway, and it is centered on the legendary Pokémon Hoopa.

Aside from the current season, Pokémon GO just revealed the Psychic Spectacular event, which features the psychic octopus Inkay and its evolution Malamar. Psychic Pokémon will emerge more frequently in the wild and raids during the event, joining other psychic Pokémon.

In order to keep up with COVID-19’s ever-changing terrain, Pokémon GO will have a long road ahead of it. Offering one of its hallmark social events in-person and online will ideally serve as a good balance between the social effect fans recall from the 2016 debut and the safety-conscious atmosphere necessitated by the continuing epidemic. Starting next month, players will be able to try out the game’s new Safari Zones.

Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc is a frantic writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. He quit his office job as an Applications Engineer for the love of writing. When he’s not working, he’s either playing with his PS4 or his 1-year old daughter.

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