Today Niantic kicked off Pokemon Go Fest, a Pokemon Go themed event that has been hyped for a number of weeks now with a big draw being the opportunity to earn rewards, catch new Pokemon, and most importantly, battle and possibly catch the first legendary Pokemon to ever be added to the game.
Unfortunately, Pokemon Go Fest in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois didn’t go as legendary as Niantic originally hoped.
Upon entering, attendees were immediately greeted with super long lines like nothing else for entry into a park and things didn’t get much better. Players were stuck with a number of connectivity and server-side issues that left people who had paid for the opportunity to catch something new with everything that they had while they were in the queue.
And with 15-20,000 attendees, that’s a lot of players to disappoint.
In order to win back some of these players, Niantic offered them with a full refund for their ticket as well as $100 of in-game credit,
but still without the chance at a legendary Pokemon that they had originally hoped for.
Update: Niantic decided to release the legendary Pokemon Lugia anyway and will providing all of the Pokemon Go Fest attendees with their own Lugia tonight, which is a nice gesture, however, it does mean that they are missing out on the experience that they originally wanted.
They will also be releasing this to non-attendees, however, they are going to have to take part in a raid battle over the next 48 hours to grab one. On top of that, they will be releasing Articuno shortly after due to Team Mystic players catching the most Pokemon during the event, however, we don’t know when that will happen.
Niantic explained more:
As Trainers around the world go out and explore their neighborhoods in search of Pokémon and Raid Battles, they can keep an eye out for unique Legendary Eggs appearing at Gyms. If Trainers and their team are able to successfully defeat a Legendary Raid Boss, they’ll have the opportunity to catch a Legendary Pokémon of their own! While Legendary Pokémon will help them take on the toughest Raid Bosses and Gym Battles, they’re not willing to leave their Trainer’s side, so they can’t be left to defend Gyms.
Despite the huge disappointment to players, this will probably be a bigger disappointment for the guys at Niantic.
Not only did they hope to draw in some of the news from Comic Con but they also wanted to celebrate a major milestone for the Pokemon Go game, its one-year anniversary. They hoped that it would unite fans together in epic Pokemon Go battles but it only ended up uniting them against Niantic themselves.
— Maria MsDBZbabe (@MsDBZbabe) July 22, 2017
— Andrew Hayward (@ahaywa) July 22, 2017
— ellynaa (@AznLyn) July 22, 2017
We don’t know if Niantic will try again at this event,
nor do we know if they will launch that legendary Pokemon anyway, but we will update you should we learn more.