Good news, Pokèmon Go fans: Gen III Pokemon are landing this weekOr, I should say, more Gen III Pokémon are landing this week. Niantic tells me that at least 50 new Pokèmon will be added to the game before the week is over, adding to the handful of Gen III monsters that showed up just before Halloween. But wait, Greg ! you might say, shaking your Pokédex at the sky. Gen III is supposed to add something like 130 new Pokèmon! Where are the rest?!Niantic isnt dropping everything at once this time around – theyll be rolling them out over time, instead. Im told theyre currently planning on having future Gen III Pokèmon released in themed groups – more Gen III Fire Pokèmon one week, Gen III grass Pokèmon another, etc. The choice to stagger the release schedule within a generation like this will probably bum out anyone itching to catchem all ASAP – but it makes some sense. Niantic only has so many generations to work with within the existing Pokèmon universe – and once players catch most of what a generation has to offer, they start clamoring for more. By splitting things up, theyre able to keep interest levels a bit more consistent over time. Gen III is otherwise known as the Hoenn generation, and is comprised of Pokèmon that first appeared in Pokèmon Ruby and Sapphire back in 2002. Niantics Archit Bhargava also confirmed to me that theyll be hosting an in-game holiday event this month. He didnt say much about what to expect, but did note that theyre aiming to start it up sometime around December 21st. Meanwhile, the company also announced that weather – as in the real world weather outside – will impact the game. More details on that here.
Weather will bring out different Pokémon and make them stronger. Pokémon Go is getting a slew of new Pokémon this week as well as a dynamic weather system later this month. The game will soon reflect the real weather around you and that will affect which Pokémon you see and how strong they are. If it's raining, for example, you'll see more water-type Pokémon than usual and they'll start out with a higher CP than they typically would. The new weather feature and the added Pokémon -- at least 50 new Gen III Pokémon -- are timed together on purpose. The new additions are all from the Hoenn region and first introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, which were also the first games where weather had an impact on the gameplay. " Fans of Ruby and Sapphire will know that Hoenn brought more than just new Pokémon," Niantic Project Manager Matt Slemon told Polygon. " It was the first Pokémon game that introduced weather affecting the world itself. Hoenn was heavily influenced by the world around it, [and] we took all of that as pretty hefty inspiration." This summer, Pokémon Go got its first Legendary monsters and Niantic announced some major changes to raids last month. And soon we'll be getting a revamped version of Niantic's original AR game Ingress as well as a new Harry Potter augmented reality game. Archit Bhargava, Niantic's head of global product marketing, also told TechCrunch that an in-game holiday event is in the works.