Players of Niantic’s hit mobile game were delighted earlier this week when Pokemon GO Safari Zones were announced. Part of the game’s anniversary celebrations, the events will include region-specific Pokemon, giving players in mainland Europe a chance to catch many characters that they haven’t previously seen before.
But that’s not all that the Pokemon GO Safari Zones will offer, it has now been revealed. Representatives of Unibail-Rodamco, who run the shopping centers where the Safari Zones will be hosted, have confirmed several more details about the events including that they will be free to attend.
They will require registration, however, with registration taking place on site. Niantic will be doing this in order to reduce the amount of Pokemon GO spoofers, to track event statistics and for “future” communications with attendees. Pre-registration is not yet available, and it’s unclear if it will be as this could potentially allow spoofers to avoid the restrictions Niantic has put in place to stop them from ruining the fun.
Unibail-Rodamco has also confirmed special team areas for Valor, Mystic, and Instinct, which is similar to how Pokemon GO Fest works. Moreover, some employees have mentioned “special” raids too. The game’s new Raids have been hugely popular with players since they were introduced, so it makes sense for the Safari Zone events to play on that.
Unfortunately, it’s unclear exactly what these special Pokemon GO Raids might offer. Employees quizzed on the matter were apparently unsure of whether new Raid bosses would be featured or whether this is some sort of complex variation on the gameplay feature.
The uncertainty isn’t helpful but fans are still guaranteed to have a good time, regardless. In fact, with legendary Pokemon also on the way, it looks like it’s going to be an epic summer for Pokemon GO players whether they are able to attend these anniversary events or not.
Niantic has worked hard to address fan complaints in the year since the game first made its huge, groundbreaking debut, and fans now seem happy with the changes and improvements. Not only do the features get players playing together more, but the developer has made significant measures to address cheating too. Pokemon GO is on a strong path right now, and fans have their fingers crossed that this will continue even when summer has long ended.
Pokemon GO is available on iOS and Android.