As part of the 5th anniversary celebrations of Pokémon GO, Niantic– the developers of the game– have announced a new in-game event between July 6 and July 15. The 5th anniversary will be celebrated with Pokémon GO Fest 2021 on July 17 and 18, gamers in India can buy tickets at a special anniversary price of Rs 399.
Niantic has also announced a partnership with Google Play as the official event sponsor for the upcoming Pokémon GO Fest 2021. Eligible trainers will get 3 months of free YouTube Premium membership and Android players will be eligible for a special Sponsored Gift on Day 1 of Pokémon GO Fest 2021 on July 17. This bundle will include one Incense, one Super Incubator and 30 Ultra Balls.
Pokémon GO was initially launched on July 6, 2016 and since then it has encouraged players to discover Pokémon in the real world. Over these 5 years, more than 465 billion Pokémon have been caught, over 49 billion km have been collectively walked and 12.55 billion AR photos have been shot.
As the developers celebrate five years, the game will unveil new experiences to its Indian audiences on the occasion. Pokémon GO has unveiled a super realistic real-time sky feature that will allow players to experience their exact surroundings based on weather and light conditions. While trainers enjoy the view, they can also catch a limited edition flying Pikachu with a 5 shaped balloon as it makes its way across the map.
Indian Trainers playing at the Pokémon GO Fest 2021 will be able to collaborate in the Global Challenge Arena. This exclusive feature will be available only to ticket holders, and Trainers in India will have the chance to join forces with Trainers from around the world to complete a challenge every hour. If Trainers complete a challenge, they will earn a bonus for the remainder of the hour. If Trainers complete a total of 24 challenges, they will unlock Time, Space and a mystery bonus in the weeks after the Pokémon GO Fest 2021.