Last month, an update to Pokemon GO introduced shiny Pokemon, starting with a shiny version of Magikarp. Now, it's being reported that Niantic intends to continue its rollout of shiny pocket monsters as part of the game's Easter celebrations.
An anonymous source is circulating information indicating that shiny versions of previously available Pokemon are among the options Niantic is considering for the Easter event. The source's anonymity means that this is still an unconfirmed rumor, but the scoop apparently comes from an individual with knowledge of Niantic's future plans for Pokemon GO.
There are a few reasons to believe that the report might be accurate. It's very unlikely that Niantic would only add one type of shiny Pokemon to the game, so we can expect to see new shiny creatures sooner or later. The timing of the Easter festival seems right, given that the studio will want to encourage players to get out into the warmer weather and pick up the game once again.
It's no secret that the popularity of Pokemon GO has been waning since its massively successful launch last July. However, Niantic recently revealed that the game still maintains a monthly audience of around 65 million players.
Pokemon GO is far from a failure, but it wouldn't be surprising to see its creators attempt to regain some of its earlier momentum as we move into the summer. Previous limited time events have proven to be very popular, so an Easter celebration that offers brand new shiny Pokemon would seem to be a sensible way of kickstarting this process.
Pokemon GO is available now for iOS and Android devices.