The legendary Pokemon will appear in the game as eggs in gyms and will act as bosses for new raids.
It was supposed to be an all-day festival welcoming thousands of the world's biggest Pokemon Go fans into Chicago, but technical glitches left attendees angry on Saturday, and without catching any rare Pokemon, leading organizers to offer refunds. Once inside though, connectivity issues and app crashes made it almost impossible for players to catch the rare Pokemon they had hoped to find.
Niantic said it will refund the $20 ticket price and players or Pokemon "trainers" would be given $100 in PokeCoins for their Pokémon GO account. Boos, thrown bottles and bad attitudes showed up in Twitter reactions throughout the day. For those who somehow managed to get online, the game itself was also having issues.
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"Almost everyone on the festival grounds who didn't have Sprint as a provider was unable to log in to the game", said Brandon Omernik, 23, in a discussion with CNN. Reports say that when Niantic CEO John Hanke got on stage he was met with chants of "fix out game" while another fan threw a water bottle at host Rachel Quirico.
Niantic's chief marking officer (CMO) Mike Quigley addressed the crowd at the event itself.
"Players can team up with friends and other trainers to join legendary raid battle to defeat the legendary pokémon and earn a chance to catch it", Niantics explained the concept of the feature in a statement, as reported by The Verge. For those not in attendance at the event, be sure to stay tuned for the latest on the Pokemon GO Fest challenges and exciting kick-start of legendary Pokemon in the game.