However, as well as bolstering the games Pokedex with upwards of 50 new mons from the Ruby and Sapphire games – a snip of the overall 135 new Pokemon from the Hoenn region – the game will also be adding a rather significant new in-game feature.
It’s something Niantic has teased for some time. Both in GDC presentions and past pre-release concept artwork.
However, it would take a brave person to admit they knew this was a new feature coming to the game anytime soon.
Nonetheless, it’s here and Niantic has some big plans for how it’s going to change the game for the better.
Best of all, this is more than a cosmetic change to the map, but rather a deeper level of gameplay that’s so far been missing from the games.
Which is fitting, since both Pokemon Go Saphire and Ruby games on the GameBoy Advance were the first in the Pokemon series to actually make use of weather effects.
Keep reading for a full explanation on how it’s going to impact the game moving forward.
First and foremost here’s how Niantic describes the new Dynamic Weather feature:
“You’ll want to start paying even closer attention to your local weather patterns, Trainers. In addition to the in-game map being updated with cool new weather visuals, weather near you will impact Pokémon in a variety of ways.
“For example, you’ll find your odds of discovering Mudkip splashing around will greatly improve on rainy days, as certain Pokémon types will be more commonly found during various weather conditions.
“Additionally, attacks of certain types will be more effective during some weather conditions, so a Charizard’s Fire Spin will perform better on sunny days, for example.
“Rain or shine, winter or spring, your gameplay experience will remain fresh, making your time outdoors even more exciting.”
MORE WEATHER DETAILS:
Here are a few key details we’ve learned from Niantic and Daily Express which were not mentioned during today’s announcement:
• As well as having a higher chance of encountering, say, water Pokemon when it’s raining, you’ll also notice that the Pokemon CP will higher, and offer trainers a higher amount of stardust when capturing too.
• Niantic have confirmed to the Daily Express that there will be safety features in place linked to the Weather.
• The developers explain that they will remove the weather bonuses if the conditions outside become too severe, hopefully, to prevent encouraging people to venture outside in terrible conditions.