‘Pokemon Go’ Updates: Addition Of New Pokestops Suggest Bigger Things To Come

By RG Ferrer, Posted: 05/18/17 03:48AM EDT

With Niantic unleashing several in-game events and special treats for avid "Pokemon Go" fans, it appears that new in-game locations were also added to the mobile gaming app for players to get more rewards. Recently, several gamers highlighted the addition of new Pokestops in rural areas.

When Niantic launched "Pokemon Go" in July 2016, many gamers lamented over the limited number of Pokestops in rural or suburban areas. Depending on the players' geographic location, gamers would need to travel some distance before they can encounter a Pokestop or a Pokemon gym.

However, it appears that new Pokestops recently cropped up in some of the rural areas in the U.S. Several "Pokemon Go" players revealed the appearance of one or three new in-game locations in their respective rural areas, according to a Reddit forum post on the fan community site The Silph Road. One Redditor even mentioned the conversion of six Pokestops into Pokemon gyms in his local area that happened over a span of three weeks.

At this time, it is unclear if the gaming company purposely increased its Pokestop location list. However, "Pokemon Go" gamers shared on the said Reddit forum that the appearance of new in-game locations might be attributed to Niantic's game "Ingress." It appears that the addition of new portal locations for the said game also increases the chances that new Pokestops will crop up around the same area.

Meanwhile, the addition of new Pokestops also sparked gaming speculations that it may be a part of Niantic's big plans for "Pokemon Go." Previously, the gaming company hinted of its plans to enhance the mobile gaming app's gym battles, as well as potentially introducing PvP fights including the release of more Pokemon characters such as Legendaries.

In other news, Niantic unleashed its latest in-game event for "Pokemon Go." Gamers will find more rock-type Pokemon in the wild, as well as Buddy Pokemons receiving four times the candy rewards, according to an announcement posted on the game's website. Dubbed the "Adventure Week" celebration, players will also receive a special virtual hat for trainers, a 50 percent discount on Poke Balls and other treats.

The "Pokemon Go" event will run from 1:00 p.m. PDT on May 18 until 1:00 p.m. PDT on May 25 for iOS and Android devices.

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