The Pokémon GO One Year Anniversary Event is Underwhelming

Pokémon GO just announced its one-year anniversary event, but as a hard-core player of the game, I must admit that the whole thing is rather underwhelming.

The one-year anniversary event for the release of Pokémon GO includes the chance to catch a unique Pikachu. The special thing about this Pikachu is that it’s wearing the iconic hat that Ash wore in the original animated series.

The anniversary event is slated to start Thursday, July 6th at 1:00 p.m. PDT and end Monday, July 24th at 1:00 p.m. PDT. Not only will you be able to catch this special Pikachu, but players can also stock up on a new item, the Anniversary Box.

The Anniversary Box contains six Egg Incubators, six Max Revives, two Premium Raid Passes, and 20 Ultra Balls, which will only be available for a limited time via the in-game shop. The Anniversary Box is 1,200 Pokécoins, which will cost you $9.99USD. These items will be helpful to take on Gyms and Raids.

The Pokémon GO One Year Anniversary Event is Underwhelming

The event comes as a disappointment, as most people were expecting more. Many Trainers were anticipating the long-awaited release of Legendary Pokémon because, back in May, Pokémon GO won a Webby Award for Best Mobile Game of 2017. During the acceptance speech, Archit Bhargava, who oversees product marketing, said: “This summer will be legendary!” As of right now this event is anything but “legendary.”

As one of the many Trainers who plays Pokémon GO daily, I’m disappointed with the lack of content that’s been released to this event. Hopefully, over the two weeks that it lasts, we’ll see more added to make the celebration one that we will all enjoy and talk about for months to come. Until then, good luck catching the special Pikachu!

Update: Due to the disappointment felt by Trainers after the event announcement, the Pokémon GO Subreddit was temporarily closed due to the negative feedback. Time will tell how Niantic will respond.

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