Pokémon GO has made its first announcement regarding GO Fest 2021. Hype! Let’s take a look at what we know so far and what we might be able to deduce from the first promotional image and blog post. Grab those spying glasses and a cup of coffee (extra shot, black as night, thank you). Well, if it’s good enough for Detective Pikachu…
The one thing we know for certain is when the event will take place. Pokémon GO Fest 2021 is scheduled for the weekend of 17-18 July. Mark your calendars; it’s going to be amazing!
Similar to last year, this year’s GO Fest is going global. It will be another virtual 2-day event that trainers can take part in, regardless of their location. GO Fest is coming to you! This also suggests that the ticket price may be similar to last year, but this has yet to be disclosed.
Let’s get this out of the way – Kecleon is not in the promotional image. It’s not. Stop looking for it. Niantic hates Kecleon and will never release it into Pokémon GO.
The Pokémon that we can clearly see in the image are Scyther, Marill, Pikachu, Woobat, and Chespin. Honestly, it’s not the most exciting line-up. Most of these Pokémon are already available in their shiny form, and Chespin is likely to get its own Community Day at some point. Still, it’s early days, and Niantic is likely to bring the big guns closer to the time.
Last year, the first day of GO Fest rotated between hourly themes. They were Grass, Fire, Water, Battle, and Friendship. From this initial sneak-peak, it’s possible to guess that we could be getting something similar again. However, it’s also possible that we may see a return to spawns based on the theme of habitats, such as Spooky Woods or Fairy Garden.
It’s not surprising that Pikachu features in the first announcement poster. Pikachu is always present at GO Fest. This year, Pokémon also celebrates its 25th birthday. As the franchise mascot, Pikachu is always a big deal. However, Pikachu’s Pokédex number is also 25. 25 years and the 25th Pokémon? It’s basically Pikachu’s year.
The real question is, what kind of costume will Pikachu be wearing? Top hat? Sombrero? Ball gown? 80’s boiler suit? We can’t wait to find out.
Braviary-eyed trainers have spotted the little music symbols on this year’s GO Fest logo. The text in the announcement blog also advises trainers to ‘stay tuned,’ with emphasis on the ‘tuned.’ Musical symbols and puns? These hints are likely teasing Meloetta, a mythical Pokémon from Generation 5. Each year, GO Fest has debuted the release of a new mythical Pokémon into the game, and this year is likely to be the same.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Pokémon is also running a special campaign called P25 Music. It is a collaboration between TCPI and Universal Music Group, which is happening all year and features songs and music inspired by Pokémon. Remember the Post Malone performance for Pokémon Day? And you’ve probably heard about Katy Perry being part of the campaign.
The 25-year celebration is all about music, so it makes sense that Meloetta will make its debut in Pokémon GO.
This announcement and corresponding image are essentially the ‘save the date’ cards. There will definitely be more promotional images and information to come. Hopefully, there will be another promotional image released soon that offers a few more hints of what we can expect.
Niantic usually hides something in the background of the promotional image, such as the featured Unown or regional Pokémon. The first image is very basic, with only the music notes offering a hint of things to come. Either way, the hype train is well, and truly GO, GO, GO.