Augmented reality app Pokémon GO has been a sensational phenomenon since it was released last year, but its popularity is slowly dying down after fans feeling disgruntled for not getting some of the features promised by developer Niantic before launch. One of them is the ability to catch legendary Pokémon, and while we didn’t hear anything official about it, a recent quote from Niantic’s marketing personnel suggests that it is coming quite soon.
Global marketing lead Archit Bhargava was recently present at the 21st Webby Awards to receive an award on behalf of Niantic. It might seem like standard formalities as he gave his acceptance speech, until he delivered an intriguing line right at the end, saying “this summer will be legendary!” I don’t know about you, but it sounds like Bhargava is strongly hinting on the fact that we’ll meet the likes of Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, and Mew this coming June and July, which is when summer starts.
This will also be in line with the developer’s statement earlier this year, saying legendaries are certainly coming out in 2017, but without specifying the release timeline. Not to mention that Gen 1 and Gen 2 legendary Pokémon are already in the game files, as discovered by dataminers. Only their stats were listed on the data, and without any capture rates, it points to large-scale events that require players to cooperate, just like how it was portrayed in the first trailer. Niantic CEO John Hanke has also previously confirmed that legendary Pokémon will be introduced in such a way.
We haven’t heard anything official from Niantic since Bhargava dropped such a huge hint, but we can expect to know more soon if they intend to release the coveted Pokémon on summer. Until then, make sure you stock up on the premium Poké Balls, as something tells me you’ll need loads of them in order to catch ‘em all.