Pokémon Go’s big annual Go Fest event takes place this weekend – and it includes a surprising mythical creature tease as part of its plot, according to a new leak.
Details were revealed online yesterday evening by the ever-dependable data mining group PokéMiners – which then sparked a hasty reaction from developer Niantic, apparently aiming to raise expectations quickly.
Go Fest 2021 is themed around the mythical creature Meloetta, which will be available in the game for the first time. But the leak suggests that Niantic is also planning to tease the game’s next mythical creature as a surprise.
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Last night, an initial data mining report from PokéMiners revealed that the Mythical Pokémon Hoopa will be featured in-game on Sunday, the second day of Go Fest.
On Sunday, all of the game’s existing legendary creatures will return to raids through an unknown force. The game’s good-natured Professor Willow will suspect that Hoopa’s mischievous dimensional forces are the cause.
Shortly after the report was released, YouTube partners and community sites that Niantic works with quickly relayed a message aimed at meeting expectations and making it clear that despite the datamine, Hoopa would not intercept during the event. (Niantic declined to share more when contacted by Eurogamer today.)
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This suggested to some that the original report was incorrect or contained information that was out of date. But then another datamine was released showing that Hoopa will be added to the game’s opening screen once the first day of Go Fest ends at 6 p.m. local time on Saturday. It’s the first time the game has done something like this.
The idea is clearly that the next time players open the game after the end of the first day of Go Fest, players will be surprised by the appearance of Hoopa. It’s a great addition – one that recalls Meltan’s reveal as Ditto after a Community Day a few years ago.
But since Go Fest is an event that releases mythical creatures, it may not come as a surprise that Niantic has now cut speculation about a surprise Hoopa launch – especially when it comes to paid ticket sales.
When does Hoopa actually arrive? Niantic has already laid the groundwork for the traditional post-Go Fest activities – its Ultra Unlocks – which are slated to take place in the summer when players achieve specific in-game goals during Go Fest weekend.
The first of these unlocks will have something to do with time, while the second has something to do with space. The third is currently a big question mark – and here players now suspect that Hoopa will finally be catchable at the end of August.