‘Pokemon Go’ Latest News & Update: Hidden game codes suggest special gift boxes; avatar customization in Apple Watch app

By RG Ferrer , Updated Dec 21, 2016 05:46 AM EST
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It appears that Niantic may be gearing up for another round of updates to "Pokemon Go" that will introduce several new enhancements. Game codes hidden in the mobile gaming app teased of a potential holiday event, new gift boxes, as well as an upcoming Apple Watch app feature that may include avatar customization and more.

"Pokemon Go" may soon receive several updates in the coming months that will further improve some of the game's settings and features. One of which may likely introduce a new holiday event, according to game codes discovered by The Silph Road data miners.

Hidden files that contain graphics for several gift boxes might soon appear in the live version of "Pokemon Go." With six gift box types named Gold, Silver, Bronze, Ultra, Great and Special, each box may likely contain special items with varying values.

The hidden "Pokemon Go" game codes also suggest that the said boxes might be holiday items given its "HasHolidayItems" data attribute. However, the special gift boxes may also indicate new Shop items to be added to the game's online store.

Other game codes pointed to the upcoming release of the "Pokemon Go" Apple Watch app, as indicated in a separate Silph Road report. Some of the game files indicated commands to sync the game to the said device, as well as other details such as kilometers walked and game notifications.

Moreover, the hidden game codes also suggest the addition of avatar customization options that might include a way for "Pokemon Go" gamers to change a trainer's socks and gloves. Apart from the said potential enhancements, other codes hinted of additional Shiny Pokemon creatures and Pokemon genders.

In other news, Niantic recently unleashed a "Pokemon Go" patch that fixed the incorrect vibration notifications that many players experienced over the past few weeks, according to patch notes posted on the game's official website. Aside from the said fix and other minor text enhancements, game developers also improved the game's day and night modes to "more accurately" replicate a player's current time.

"Pokemon Go" was released in July to specific countries before it was deployed to other markets. Learn more about the speculated updates coming to Niantic's mobile gaming app:

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