Niantic has unveiled a pretty hefty bundle of details regarding upcoming Pokemon GO global celebrations, which are set to begin on Saturday, July 22 and last a few months. Comprised of multiple different events, the festivities are meant to celebrate the mobile game’s one year anniversary. And though things will begin here in the United States with Pokemon GO Fest in Chicago, European fans will feel the love as well. The developer has also announced the exciting Pokemon GO Safari Zone events, which allow fans the opportunity to unlock region-exclusive Pokemon in Europe.
News broke over on Niantic’s official Pokemon GO website in an update post that gives a full run-down of the Fest’s festivities. As announced by the developer itself, the forthcoming Safari Zone events will kick off in August and take place at select Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers in certain regions of Europe. Players in Denmark, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Spain all have a chance to hunt down pocket monsters never before seen in Europe.
The first two Safari Zone gatherings will be held on August 5 in two different places: one at Fisketorvet in Cophenhagen, and the second at Centrum Cerny Most in Prague. One week later, on August 12, events will take place at the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm and Stadshart Amstelveen in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Unfortunately, European Pokemon GO fans — of which there are likely many, despite the game’s daily user base dropping by 80% — will have to hold out until September 16 for the final Safari Zone event. This portion of the Pokemon GO Fest rounds out at the CentrO in Oberhausen, Germany; at Les Quatre Temps in Paris; and at La Maquinista.
Niantic confirmed that during the Safari Zone gatherings, players can catch a “wide variety of Pokemon in special zones,” including region-specific Pokemon first spotted in the Johto and Kanto areas. Of course, there will also be smatterings of Pokemon that European fans haven’t ever seen in the wild before. The icing on the proverbial cake is that Pokemon GO fans who attend the events can team up with other Trainers to go head-to-head with “unique and powerful” Raid Bosses.
Niantic’s multi-whammy announcement of summer events (that last well into autumn overseas) certainly live up to one of the developer’s past statements. Just a few months ago, global marketing lead at Niantic Archit Bhargava stated that this summer would be huge for Pokemon GO, teasing that fans could be able to catch a legendary Pokemon in the game during upcoming events.
With the forthcoming Pokemon GO Fest taking place stateside, which will reportedly include special bonuses and unlock a mystery challenge, plus the seemingly epic Safari Zone events, it looks like Niantic is living up to its legendary promise. Fans will simply have to wait and see how things shake out.
Pokemon GO is available now for Android and iOS mobile devices.