Pokemon GO players may be about to wave goodbye to the Equinox event, but the annual Halloween event for the mobile game has just been CONFIRMED in a new blog post from the official Pokemon Company website as part of a “Spooky Halloween Roundup!”
The website goes on to say:
“October is here, and that means one thing: it’s time to start gearing up for Halloween! To help celebrate this spooky season, we’ve gathered together all the frightful fun that we’ve been working hard to bring you. Where will you go first? Make your choice, and prepare for a hauntingly good time!”
Immediately after this message, the website goes on to tease “Ghostly Goodies in Pokémon GO” before Niantic has made an official announcement.
The Pokemon Company website then claims:
“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokémon GO. Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokémon to fill out our Pokédex.”
More details about the Pokemon GO Halloween event are supposedly coming soon, possibly from Niantic directly.
However, the wording of the announcement from the official Pokemon website, in particular, the mention of “catching new Pokemon,” has lead a lot of fans to suggest a small launch for Gen 3 could take place.
Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar and this year the trio are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Ghost Pokemon Misdreavus.
However, if Gen 3 was to be released it could also see more Ghost Pokemon released, such as Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops.
Slashgear has previously suggested that a new Halloween event could also see an increase in Dark type Pokemon, which would also mean we could see an increase of Houndour, Houndoom, Sneasel and Murkrow.
It’s also worth noting that Niantic has previously promised that three “Major” updates to the game in 2017.
The rollout of Gen 2 Johto region Pokemon was the first of three major updates planned for this year according to Niantic CEO John Hanke.
During a keynote at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Hanke said there would be three “major” updates to the game later in 2017.
Assuming Legendary Raids were the second, and Mewtwo Ex Raids are also included in that same boat, then it leaves one “Major” update still to come in 2017.
And the start of a Gen 3 release could certainly be just the ticket.
Although, it’s worth remembering that Pokemon Go developer Niantic is yet to make any official announcements, so stay tuned for more information.
It’s also worth remembering that previously dataminers had uncovered traces of code related to Gen 3 in the games source code.