‘Pokemon Go’ Potential Halloween Event Teased by Niantic

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Is a special Halloween event on its way to Pokemon Go? (Nintendo)

Niantic may be teasing a special event to take place in Pokemon Go this Halloween.

On their official Facebook page this week, the game developer said that this Halloween, they suspect that trainers may run into more Pokemon than usual. Also included in the post is a picture of a player catching Haunter, a Ghost type Pokemon.

Here is the full post from Niantic:

Their language is a little vague, but many are interpreting this as Niantic teasing some sort of special Halloween event to take place next week. Some players have suggested that Ghost spawns could be increased on Halloween, and Niantic’s language would certainly fit that idea, considering they’re saying we should expect more encounters and that a Ghost type is pictured.

John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic, has said that trainers will experience special Pokemon Go events sometime in the future. Three months into the game’s lifespan, this has not yet happened, but Halloween could present a perfect opportunity.

In addition to events associated with holidays, there are expected to be occasions when players are encouraged to gather together to achieve a common goal, such as to catch a legendary Pokemon. Similar events were held in Ingress, the mobile game Niantic released before Pokemon Go, and John Hanke says we should expect something similar for Pokemon Go. 

“If you want to predict the future, look at the past,” John Hanke told Venture Beat in September. “A lot of what we’re doing with Pokémon we learned through three years of work with Ingress – building up the game around the world, maturing the technology, the social aspect of it. The events for Ingress are the lifeblood of the game. I think you can expect to see things like that in Pokémon Go. This type of game lends itself well to people coming together for big events that are part competitive, part social.”