Occurrences at recent fan events suggest that the dastardly Team Rocket may be making their way to Pokemon Go.
The event in question, as reported on by Eurogamer, was the first Pokémon Go Fest held in Europe (Dortmund, Germany, to be specific). During the event, fans were asked to gather for a photo. It was then that some fans spotted a hot air balloon on the horizon. While hot air balloons have long been associated with Team Rocket, the fact that this particular one had a giant “R” on it was kind of a giveaway that it was related to the famous Pokemon villains.
In and of itself, this might have been written off as a neat treat for the fans in attendance, but it turns out this isn’t an isolated incident. Pictures taken during the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago that utilized the game’s AR abilities were photobombed by members of Team Rocket. Fans at this latest event also had some of their photos invaded by the villainous squad.
On top of that, Pokemon Go‘s third-anniversary artwork featured silhouettes that certainly seemed to resemble the visages of Team Rocket, and hidden achievements in the game hint at upcoming Team Rocket-related activities. There was also a recent leak that suggests that Team Rocket will be the stars of an upcoming expansion, so it feels safe to say at this time that Team Rocket is coming to the mobile game in some capacity.
As for what they will be doing once they are added to the game, it seems that you’ll be able to battle against Team Rocket members in order to stop some elaborate new plot they’ve concocted. At this time, though, that information is unconfirmed.
While we didn’t expect developer Niantic to abandon Pokemon Go in favor of Hary Potter: Wizards Unite, it’s certainly nice to know that they’re already working on the game’s next major content updates given how similar updates have helped the title reclaim some of its original popularity.
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