Pokemon Go: 650M downloads, update cadence, and Ingress 2.0


There’s lots going on with Pokemon Go right now, thanks in part to the official Pokemon Day that kicked off the week. Here’s a quick look:

  • This week through March 6th, players can find special birthday-hat-bedecked Pikachu, which you must definitely go get because, um, birthday-hat-bedecked Pikachu.
  • Niantic CTO Phil Keslin told GDC-goers that Pokemon Go has now been downloaded 650 million times globally — the first 500 million downloads of which were within the first two months of the game’s launch last summer.
  • Niantic CEO John Hanke told interviewers at the Mobile World Conference that POGO is due to receive three more major updates this year, one each quarter. Presumably, Gen 2 counts for quarter one.

As part of the same interview, Hanke basically announced Ingress 2.0: “I can announce that there will be Ingress 2.0, and that it’ll come out at the end of this year. It will be a totally new version, something very important for the current players of Ingress, but for the new ones too. We’ve already got other projects, but unfortunately I can’t talk about them.”

Source: Official site, Gamasutra, Reddit. Cheers, Nordavind!
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