Pokemon GO FEST event has Niantic's biggest update ever

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In honor of Pokémon GO's first year, Niantic will be hosting a few events, both in-game and in real life, to celebrate. Get ready for an action-packed couple of months!

On June 13, the developer is kicking off the Solstice in-game event, which makes Ice- and Fire-type Pokemon such as Charmander, Cyndaquil, Houndour, Lapras, Sneasel, and others easier to encounter.

Apparently this new feature will require "collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways".

Shortly after this we'll get the long awaited gym rework, adding new features to the game that fans have been waiting for for some time.

You can find out more details about these Pokemon Go events over at Niantic at the link below. That'll be action in Pokemon Gyms, of course - which makes us think that the only fair way to go forward is to kick every Pokemon out that's now in a gym. As for the first in-person event, it is scheduled for 22 July in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois.

Niantic have confirmed that all Gyms are being shutdown as they prepare for a major rework of the battling system. Tickets will go on sale beginning June 19 at 10 a.m. PT; pricing has not yet been announced. There will be multiple smaller events at various locations in Europe all the way through September, thanks to a partnership with Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers.

That said, Pokemon GO Fest Chicago looks awesome.

A new version of Unown can be seen floating in the recently released image for the Chicago event, probably teasing the release of small wave of new Pocket Monsters soon. We'll be sure to let you know when the time comes - as will all official Pokemon GO social media outlets.

In case fans have forgotten, it's nearly been a year since smartphones and streets were taken over by Pokemon Go and its players.

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