One fan told the Niantic Support Twitter page to “drop it now” in reference to Gen 3 Pokemon.
Niantic replied with: “We’re excited too! Please follow our blog for the latest announcements.”
Express Online believes Gen 3 will launch later tonight, and has contacted Niantic for confirmation.
ORIGINAL: Pokemon Go fans are counting down to the Gen 3 release date.
Niantic previously said that Gen 3 Pokemon would launch later this week, so fans can expect to see Hoenn region Pokemon either today or tomorrow.
And based on the release of Gen 2 Pokemon back in Februrary, the new Pokemon should launch later today.
Upwards of 80 Gen 2 Pokemon were released on Friday, February 17, so fans will be hoping that history repeats itself with another bumper Friday update.
And the launch of 50 Gen Pokemon isn’t the only major change coming to Pokemon Go this week, as Niantic confirms plans to add more storage, introduce Battle Parties and add weather effects.
The new dynamic weather system will alter Pokemon spawn rates, strength and item drops.
Fire Pokemon will be more plentiful in hot weather, but will also be harder to defeat in Gyms and Raids. The plus side is that they will drop more Stardust when captured.
Express Online explains the dynamic weather system in the gallery below…
With more Pokemon about to be introduced, Niantic is increasing the minimum storage capacity by 50 additional Pokemon, and the maximum storage by 500.
“With the addition of Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region, the need for more Pokemon Storage is greater than ever,” reads a Niantic post.
“You’ll now be able to store up to 1,500 Pokemon. We’ve also increased the minimum Pokemon Storage size by 50, so all Trainers will soon be able to carry 50 additional Pokemon.”
Battle Parties are another new feature being tested by Niantic.
The new Battle Parties feature gives players the chance to create and name teams of up to six Pokemon. This will give Trainers quicker access to Gym and Raid battles.
“We’re thrilled to announce that we’re also rolling out the first iteration of battle parties.
“Battle parties are preset teams of up to six Pokemon that you are able to create and customise to fit your needs.
“Whether you want to create different parties for frequent Raid Battles, or have battle parties that take advantage of certain weather bonuses, this feature will make it easier than ever to quickly choose which Pokemon you bring to battle.
“During this beta phase, battle parties will be saved to your device, so you’ll need to reset your battle parties if you get a new device or use multiple devices to play Pokemon GO. Once the feature is fully launched, your battle parties will carry over to each device you log in with.”