Get out there and catch ’em all. Pokémon GO just added 80 new creatures from the second generation of Pokémon games into the massively popular mobile game, filling the world with new creatures to catch for the first time since launch. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen new creatures from Gold and Silver, but this is the first time any of them have been out there in the wild.
It’s a breath of fresh air for trainers that caught all — or most — of the original Pokémon months ago and have been waiting for new creatures ever since.
The update also brings new changes to the way that Pokémon encounters are handled, two new berry types to make life easier for aspiring trainer, and new customization options to keep all the characters from looking exactly the same. It may not be the dramatic improvement some were hoping for, but all of these quality-of-life improvements were most certainly needed.
It remains to be seen whether or not the infusion of new creatures can provide a new burst of life for the ailing mega-hit. Pokémon GO has suffered from a flagging user base ever since the first few weeks, and many have been looking forward to the introduction of Gen 2 monsters as a way to bring the game back to the top of the app charts. Many long-awaited features are still missing, however, including trading, PvP battles and a new combat system to replace the odd and sometimes confusing battles currently in the game.
Will Pokémon GO be able to recover its status as the undisputed champion of the App Store? Or will it continue to lose ground to games that cater to an obsessively competitive crowd like Game of War: Fire Age and Clash Royale? We’ll see. This game hasn’t always had an easy time of it, but it remains one of the most unique experiences available in video games today.