Niantic announces a Pokemon GO grass-type event for this weekend. This type-specific event is just the latest for the hugely popular mobile game, which recently hosted the Water Festival event that offered more water-type Pokemon for players to capture and collect.
This weekend, Pokemon GO will offer a 'worldwide bloom' event that focuses on grass-type Pokemon. In a post on the game's official website, developer Niantic explains that "Professor Willow's research into Pokémon habitats around the world has uncovered some interesting findings," specifically that there will be an "influx" of the grass-type pocket monsters this weekend. Grass-type Pokemon will appear "more frequently" from the afternoon of May 5 before things return to normal levels at some point on May 8.
With Niantic also saying that this Pokemon GO event is part of Professor Willow's "ongoing" research, it sounds as though the developer is testing out plans to host more regular, small events. While big events such as the Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza are great at keeping dedicated users engaged while also bringing lapsed players back, they likely take a lot of planning. As they often come with additional loot and big discounts on microtransactions for in-game items too, it is probably not easy for Niantic to host these larger events all of the time.
Likewise, just a few major Pokemon GO updates are possible throughout the year as the developer works to address fans' most asked for features and most pressing concerns. Just like big events, these are great for getting people playing but offering these on a regular basis isn't feasible for the developer to do.
Brief weekend events are a decent compromise, though, as they get people back into Pokemon GO with little effort on Niantic's part, allowing the developer to keep creating more significant and substantial content drops. So long as the developer continues to sprinkle these, many fans will be glad for the chance to pick up new Pokemon. But if that fails and fans still aren't impressed by these small event, the developer could always introduce a few new Pokemon GO shiny variations instead.
Pokemon GO is available for iOS and Android.