Due to the game’s massive popularity, Pokemon GO‘s panel at San Diego Comic Con next week is being upgraded to Hall H, which will allow for 6,500 attendees.
Ever since Pokemon GO was first announced, the game has enjoyed a fair amount of hype from Pokemon fans. However, few could have predicted it to become the sensation that it has, causing Nintendo’s shares to soar and amassing millions of players before it’s even two weeks old. In response to the popularity of Pokemon GO, the game’s presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con event is being upgraded.
Originally, Niantic was scheduled to host a panel on Thursday, July 21st, called “Re-Imagining Reality: Bringing Games into the Real World with Ingress and Pokemon GO.” Now that Pokemon GO has become such a hit with mobile gamers the world over, the panel is being moved to Sunday, July 24th at 1:45pm PT, to Hall H, which holds 6,500 people compared to the 480 that would have been able to attend the original panel.
The panel will be hosted by Niantic founder John Hanke, who will discuss augmented reality gaming by examining its past, present, and future. Perhaps Hanke will even take the opportunity to announce when some Pokemon GO updates will release for the game, like the often requested Pokemon trading feature, for example.
Whatever is in store for Comic-Con attendees, it’s no surprise that Pokemon GO will have a larger presence at the event than it had initially. The game has enjoyed unprecedented success in the mobile gaming market, becoming the biggest mobile game in US history, and so it’s reasonable to assume that a lot people will want to watch its Comic-Con panel. However, even the 6,500 capacity for Hall H may not be sufficient for all the Pokemon GO fans at Comic-Con to be able to attend.
Hopefully the event is livestreamed or taped in some capacity for Pokemon GO fans that can’t be at the panel in person. Not everything from Comic-Con receives this treatment, though, with some presentations intended to be shown only to those in San Diego, so there’s a chance any videos of the panel will come from the phones of attendees.
Pokemon GO fans lucky enough to be San Diego Comic-Con in person this year can visit Hall H at 1:45pm PT on Sunday, July 24th to check out the panel. Pokemon GO enthusiasts that won’t be at Comic-Con should be sure to keep an eye out next week for the possibility of some big announcements for the game during its panel.
Pokemon GO is available now for Android and iOS mobile devices.