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Pokemon GO’s Eggstravaganza was a busy time for players. During the special event, 87 million Eggs were hatched, Niantic announced today.

The Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza took place between April 13 and April 20. It offered a greater variety of Pokemon in 2 km Eggs, more Candy for every Egg hatched, and double XP.

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Pokemon GO is kicking off a series of Egg-themed promos.

First, a greater variety of Pokemon can now be found in 2 km Eggs. Also, when any of your Eggs hatches, you’ll be given more Candy. Lucky Eggs will be 50 percent off in the in-game shop as well. Finally, players can earn double XP for all activities during this time.

The Pokemon GO Eggstravaganza begins today, and will last until April 20.

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Update (4/7): Players should be able to grab the new update on iOS and Android.


Original (4/6): An update for Pokemon GO is in the process of being released. iOS users should soon be able to download version 1.31.0, while Android users will have version 0.61.0 to download.

The update adds Traditional Chinese language support and the Pokemon collection screen scroll bar has been updated, but otherwise includes only minor changes such as text changes and bug fixes.

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Niantic issued a new “thank you” post on its blog today to highlight some of the awards its mobile game has received. The company also shared a new statistic and teased future plans once again.

According to Niantic, over 65 million people around the world are playing Pokemon GO each month. Niantic says “there’s a lot more to come,” including “all new cooperative social gameplay experiences”. More specifics should be divulged in the months ahead.

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Pokemon GO got off to an incredible start last summer. It essentially became a phenomenon, and had millions upon millions playing each day.

No one expected Pokemon GO to keep up its initial playerbase and revenue stream. Still, by the end of last year, it was still doing fairly well.

As reported by Recode based on comScore data, Pokemon GO was averaging around five million daily unique visitors late last year. That’s a far cry from the initial 28.5 million, but respectable nonetheless.

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Pokemon GO wrapped up its Water Festival a couple of days ago. During the week-long event, players collectively caught over 589 million Magikarp, Niantic announced.

The Water Festival made it more likely to encounter Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their Evolutions. Magikarp, along with its next form Gyarados, were the first ever Shiny Pokemon introduced in Pokemon GO this month.

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If you catch the new Shiny Magikarp in Pokemon GO, you can eventually evolve it into a Shiny Gyarados as well. A video promoting this can be found below.

In other news, Pokemon GO version 0.59.2 is rolling out for Android users to address small bugs. Look for it soon.

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At GDC a few weeks ago, Niantic’s Dennis Hwang hosted a panel relating to Pokemon GO. Hwang touched on “the various UX and visual design choices that were shaped by a focus on real-world gaming, and how they led to a fun and accessible play experience for a diverse set of players across age and gender demographics.”

The full recording for Hwang’s session is now online. You can watch the full talk below.

Pokemon GO received its first Shiny Pokemon this week. In conjunction with the Water Festival, players can get their hands on a Shiny Magikarp. A video promoting this addition is posted below.

Update 2 (3/24): Now live on iOS.


Update (3/23): Version 0.59.1 is now live on Android. Not up on iOS just yet.


Original (3/21): Niantic is rolling out another new update for Pokemon GO. Users on iOS should soon have access to version 1.29.1 while Android players will have their game updated to version 0.59.1.

According to Niantic, the 7-day ‘First PokeStop of the Day’ streak will now award a random Evolution item. Minor text fixes have also been implemented.

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