It’s been a just over 3 months since the frenzy that was Pokemon Go consumed the entire world. If you weren’t one of the 500 million who downloaded the app, you knew that the world around you had changed by the sight of a unusual kind of person frequenting your parks. At it’s height I found myself taking more smoke breaks than usual and working from a specific corner in the board because of it’s proximity to a Pokestop.
I loved the game so much I featured it as my favourite app in a short feature in the business magazine Fast Company. The feature hasn’t been published yet and it seems it will only be published three months too late.
I don’t smoke anymore. I only go to the boardroom for meetings. The dedicated Pokemon WhatsApp group is in the graveyard along with the group Warren’s girlfriend created for his surprise birthday celebration a while back. I even unfollowed @PokemonGoNews on Twitter. The app was teetering on the edge of obscurity alongside the stocks app icon on my iPhone’s home screen.
The app was officially released in the South African App Store on the 5th of October but I hadn’t opened my hacked (I use the term generously here) version of the app in almost two months.
This Monday I decided to open the app (following a long overdue update) after seeing this video:
In a nutshell the app is having it’s first in-game event correlating with a real world event. In the spirit of Halloween the period between 26 October and 1 November will see a couple of changes within the game:
- More spooky Pokemon like Zubat and Golbat will spawn. Yes Zubat, just what I need to complete my collection of 499 Zubats. #sarcasm
- Double the candy for every Pokemon catch, hatch and transfer. (Like an always on egg)
- Four times as much candy as normal for walking with your buddy Pokemon.
In the words of YouTube user BlueboyGAMER who commented on the video above: “Looks like Pokemon Go has risen from the dead“. #sarcasm
I’m not sure about being back from the dead, but I will certainly be joining the 30 million daily active users between now and the 1st of November.Of course I have no idea whether I’ll play after that, but even if the App is gone or dead, a 500 million death will is a nice gift to leave behind.
Gotta catch em all… at my own pace.