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Niantic has responded to fan criticism about Pokemon GO Fest 2022

the official logo for the Pokemon GO Fest 2022 in June

Every year, Niantic holds an event called Pokemon GO Fest. It only lasts a day or two, but Pokemon GO Fest is usually one of the highlights of the year for fans that still play the six-year-old mobile game. Unfortunately, this year’s didn’t really go smoothly.

Pokemon GO Fest 2022 concluded a week ago, but the response has been very divisive. The in-game event, particularly the first day, had visual errors and a lack of Shiny encounters despite a boost that was supposed to be in effect. It is also worth noting that people paid $14.99 to be able to participate in this event.

Well, Niantic has responded to the criticism. However, it may not be the answer that people wanted. Niantic director Michael Steranka said that “we understand that for some Trainers, the biggest way they judge the quality of a Pokémon Go event is on how many Shiny Pokémon they catch. We heard from Trainers who shared how lucky they were this year in terms of Shiny Pokémon caught, while others shared how their experience was the opposite. If Shiny Pokémon are too prevalent, it degrades the game in the long term”.

Steranka continued, saying that “Pokémon Go Fest events are about coming together for a weekend of fun catching, raiding, battling, and exploring. Ideally, the totality of the content of a given event makes you feel like the event is a good value—the Special Research, the bundle of in-game items such as raid passes and Incense, the Global Challenges, the spawns, the storyline and so on”.


7 thoughts on “Niantic has responded to fan criticism about Pokemon GO Fest 2022”

  1. I don’t really play GO, but this just sounds like something went wrong and Niantic won’t own up to it. Reminds me of comments Nintendo made in the past about the Switch’s dead pixels and drift.

    1. It would affect the game if you were playing it like me I thought go fest was less than offering this year I had tons of fun and time during Go Fest yes it was ok I walked away with 3 or 4 shiny Pokémon I’m happy yes but the point is more important to do something that’s right you know in your heart Pokémon Go that was very important to me and everyone playing Pokémon Forever.

    2. No, it just sounds like whiny players being whiny. Pokemon has ALWAYS had RNG as part of its core. Especially for Shiny Pokemon. All the whiners who feel like they are somehow owed guaranteed (ie: not RNG) Shiny Pokemon just because they paid for something for which that was only an extra part of it… is just whining.
      Those are the types that care more about bragging rights/bling/whatever than actually enjoying time together.
      Shiny Pokemon have always been super rare (on purpose), even though the odds have gotten far better in recent games than when they were originally introduced. (Gen 2 odds were about 1/8000 while in GO it is 1/500 as the base; then even better odds with any boosts, not to mention with Legendaries and Community Days being around 1/20 odds). But even the best odds can always roll a Nat 1 and fail. You should never be guaranteed something when dealing with RNG unless it is explicitly stated that it will have a guarantee, which it doesn’t. (There have been a total of 5 guaranteed Shiny Pokemon possible to get in GO that I know of: Eevee, Celebi, Ditto, Mew, and Gyarados. And each of them are tied to a Special Research that if you missed it then you missed it.)

  2. It’s not just about shinys being less available…their platformed glitched the entire time, with pokemon disappearing regularly when you tried to catch them…their raid bosses were recent retreads, and there was no theme like previous GoFests. $15 per trainer was robbery that made Niantic $6 Billion plus. The fact that Steranka dodged the real issues with a red herring is beyond frustrating.

    1. Eh, as a (double) ticket-buyer, I enjoyed it. And complaining about not getting enough shinies… I can only say “boo hoo”. I didn’t get a single one, but that’s fine because I didn’t foolishly buy the ticket for boosted shiny rolls but for the new research to get Shaymin and a guaranteed Nihilego. (Boosted RNG is still RNG, only a fool or someone with money to spare focuses on that as a justification for whining.)

      As for the glitches, sounds more like a you problem, my and my friends’ games all operated perfectly fine. Maybe get a better phone, or fix it’s issues, or maybe your carrier just had a bad day. Your experience (and surly others who had it as well, for which I do sympathize a little, as I also know what it is like to miss out on great things due to something out of my control) is NOT universal.

      As for the Legends, day one didn’t need it because it was day two that was special. Not EVERY year needs to be a legend-fest like last year.

      And no one forced anyone to buy the ticket. If you bought it and felt ripped off for paying for the stated rewards, the guarantee of getting Shaymin and Nihilego, that’s on you.

      1. Players all over the world has issues, it’s on the known issues page. Maybe do some research before you slate people and their devices.

      2. Yeah, you lost me on the glitches thing. Just because YOU didn’t seem to have an unfortunate experience with the event being glitchy doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty others who didn’t without any fault of their own, and this event seems to have major issues with these reports. GO fests don’t usually seem to be met with a lot of complaints like this, so I’m inclined to side with the people you see as being “whiny” because of your extremely dismissive behavior.

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