Connect with top gaming leaders in Los Angeles at GamesBeat Summit 2023 this May 22-23. Register here.
Pokémon Go is getting ready to celebrate the coming of summer by adding new creatures from Sun and Moon, the latest generation of games from the monster-collecting series. Specifically, Niantic will add the Alolan forms of Kanto region Pokémon to Go in “the coming weeks.”
Pokémon Go is a massive mobile hit that earned more than $1.2 billion in revenue in its first after releasing in 2016. While it’s not the giant phenomena it was during that first summer, the game still makes money thanks to adding new content, especially more Pokémon.
Pokémon Sun and Moon released for the 3DS in 2016, and they had sequels (Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon) come out last year. These games focus on a tropical setting in a fictional region called Alola. While it introduced new Pokémon, it also added Alolan versions of older monsters from Kanto, the region from the original Red and Blue games.
So you could find Alolan forms of Raichu, Rattata, Meowth, and more. Those are the Pokémon that Niantic is adding to Go. Think of them as new skins for existing characters. So, a Raichu is still a Raichu, but his colors are a bit different, and he’s riding his tail like a surf board.
GamesBeat's creed when covering the game industry is "where passion meets business." What does this mean? We want to tell you how the news matters to you -- not just as a decision-maker at a game studio, but also as a fan of games. Whether you read our articles, listen to our podcasts, or watch our videos, GamesBeat will help you learn about the industry and enjoy engaging with it. Discover our Briefings.