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Pokémon GO Fest Returns for a Third Year this June

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Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company have announced the return of the annual Pokémon GO Fest as part of the Pokémon GO Summer Tour 2019. The tour will consist of three international events in Chicago, Germany, and Asia.

Pokémon Go Fest: Chicago will take place June 13-16 in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. The event has been expanded to four days. Tickets cost $25 per person (on sale later this month), and attendees are limited to one ticket purchase for one day. Park times are open from 11 am – 7 pm.

“Last year’s Pokémon GO Summer Tour brought hundreds of thousands of Trainers together at real-world events around the world which left us with some truly unforgettable moments and stories,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO, Niantic, Inc. “This summer, we’re looking to continue to build upon that success and create even more ways for Trainers to enjoy and interact with these incredible parks and cities and build lasting friendships throughout their journeys of encountering Pokémon in the ‘real-world.’”

During the event Grant Park will feature interactive physical activities in the 300+ acres of walking space.

As with previous events, those not attending Pokémon Go Fest can still participate in the special global challenges. Details for these challenges will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the events.

The first annual Pokémon GO Fest was a well-documented disaster. But since then Niantic have successfully hosted numerous physical events, including last year’s Pokémon GO Fest. Spreading out attendees into four days should help alleviate crowding issues.

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Protect the Muggle World from the Calamity in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

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The first details have emerged for upcoming mobile AR game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Developed by Niantic, Inc (Pokémon GO) and published by WB Games, Wizards Unite has players taking on the role of wizards searching the real world, casting spells, and defeating enemies.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an Augmented Reality mobile game designed by the developers of super popular AR game Pokémon GO. The ongoing story involves an event called The Calamity. The Calamity causes magical creatures, artifacts, and people to cross over into the Muggle (non-wizarding) world.

Players become new recruits under the Statute of Secrecy Task Force to investigate The Calamity.

As an AR game, Wizards Unite will use a real world GPS map to overlay magical incursions, called Traces. Traces will lead to Foundables, which are more likely to appear in prominent social locations such as parks, libraries, monuments, galleries, and college campuses. You’ll need to cast spells to send them back to the wizarding world and earn rewards through the in-game registry.

Casting spells will consume Spell Energy. Spell Energy can be replenished at Inns, which are found at even more real world locations (PokéStops, basically). Ingredients can also be found and used to brew potions to augment spells and replenish energy. Special Portmanteaus can be unlocked to reveal Portkeys. Portkeys can transport you to full 360-degree AR locations from the Harry Potter series, such as Ollivander’s Wand Shop.

Real-time battles will be available at Fortresses. These locations feature Wizarding Challenges against familiar foes like Death Eaters. Wizards can team up to take on higher level challenges and earn greater rewards. Everyone can specialize in a different magical area, called Professions, making teamwork all the more critical.

A release date has not yet been announced for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. You can pre-register now via email and the Google Play store on Android.

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You Can Now Switch Teams in Pokémon GO, For a Price

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One of the fist steps in creating an account in popular mobile AR game Pokémon GO is choosing which color team to join. Team Instinct (yellow), Team Mystic (blue), and Team Valor (red) compete with each other for control of gyms around the world.

You may have joined team yellow because all your friends were doing it. But since then you’ve realized that team blue is way stronger and more popular in your home town. For the last three years we’ve had to live with that initial big decision. In an update hitting later today, you can finally change teams, with some notable limitations.

Starting today, Feb. 26,  at 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern you’ll be able to purchase a Team Medallion. Team Medallions cost 1,000 PokéCoins from the shop. It’ll wait in your inventory until you’re ready to use it. Once activated, it will guide you through the team selection step as if you were creating a new account. Choose wisely, however. To avoid team hopping, Team Medallions can only be purchased once every 365 days.

Any Pokémon currently defending your old team’s gyms will be returned to you once they’re defeated – without earning you any PokéCoins. And no, you can’t turn around and battle your own Pokémon. If you return to a gym with your Pokémon defending your old team, they will be returned to you.

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Pokémon TV Update Adds Downloading Episodes

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The Pokémon Company have released a major update to their free Pokémon TV mobile and web app. The update includes a new and improved user interface and several new features, including the ability to download episodes for offline viewing.

The update should be hitting the App Store and Google Play stores today for iOS and Android mobile devices. The update is coming soon for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon, and Smart TVs. The update helps add many streaming features to the Pokémon which have become more common and standard thanks to Netflix and other streaming apps.

Now you can download a Pokémon episode or movie directly to your device. This allows you to watch it at any time, regardless of your internet connection. There’s no limit to how much you can store. However, videos will be automatically removed after a week.

The new update also adds Pokémon Trainer Club integration. By signing in with your account, you can watch episodes or movies from multiple devices, and it will remember where you left off. And optional push notifactions will alert you to when new episodes and movies have been added.

Currently the Pokémon TV app offers the following full seasons:

  • Pokémon the Series: Indigo League (this is the original 90s show)
  • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
  • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures
  • Pokémon Generations
  • Pokémon Origins

The latest full length animated film, Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us, is also available to watch for a limited time. Note that you can find certain Pokémon TV seasons on other sites, such as Sun & Moon – Ultra Adventures on Disney XD and the first season of Indigo League on Netflix.