‘Pokemon Go’ Latest News & Update: Niantic Announcement Unveils Holiday Treat, New Pokemon; Gen 2 Pokemon Release Disappointing

By RG Ferrer , Updated Dec 12, 2016 08:22 PM EST

Avid "Pokemon Go" players looking forward to the release of Gen 2 Pokemon characters have long been playing a waiting game with Niantic. When the gaming company unveiled its highly anticipated Dec. 12 announcement, many gamers were disappointed that the update only contained a handful of Pokemon creatures, apart from a Christmas treat.

Avid fans of Niantic's mobile gaming app have been eagerly awaiting for the release of new Pokemon creatures especially following various reports that leaked hidden game files containing codes for more than 100 charaters. However, an announcement posted on the "Pokemon Go" official website on Dec. 12 revealed the deployment of two Pokemon creatures namely Togepi and Pichuthat can only be hatched from eggs, as well as "several other Pokemon" found in classic "Pokemon Gold and Silver" games.

Niantic's announcement also unveiled a Christmas treat for "Pokemon Go" players with the release of a limited-edition Pikachu. Considered as the gaming franchise's mascot, players will be able to find a holiday-themed Pikachu, given its "festive hat" attire, until Dec. 29.

The "Pokemon Go" update may have excited a few gamers, however, many fans were disappointed since the Gen 2 Pokemon release was not as massive as expected, according to Forbes. Prior to the Dec. 12 announcement, the gaming company teased that they will deploy the mobile gaming app's "first addition of more Pokemon"

Niantic's statement also mentioned about its plans to unlease "a few new experiences" for players and an in-game event before 2016 comes to an end. However, the recent announcement did not share any details about the said gameplay enhancements aside from the festive Pikachu.

After the successful Halloween and Thanksgiving events that increased the appearance of specific Pokemon and introduced special buffs, the release of a limited edition Pikachu to celebrate Christmas is not at par with previous in-game activities. At this time, it is unclear if a separate December event for "Pokemon Go" will be deployed in the coming weeks. 

"Pokemon Go" was released in July in select countries before it was deployed to other markets. Learn more about the Gen 2 Pokemon update in the clip below:

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