John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Inc. has said that there is currently a secret in Pokemon Go that no user has found. Whether that secret is related to the Pokemon itself or different upgrades remains to be seen. He said this in an interview to GamesRadar where he also pointed out that there will always be mysteries in the game since they were always adding to it.
“There will always be secrets in the game that no one has found because we’re always adding new secrets to the game. There’s one out there right now and we’ll see how that plays out over the course of the next few weeks.”
-John Hanke (CEO of Niantic)
The interviewer at GameRadar asked John Hanke if the secret was released in an update during Halloween and he declined to comment on it. There are certainly a lot of unexplored things in the game that stick out like a sore thumb. For instance, the first 150 Pokemon have not all shown up. The three legendary birds, Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos, have not shown up and Mew and Mewtwo are also absent. Ditto has also not been seen yet which begs the question, is the secret one of these Pokemon? Could the secret be that many of the Pokemon out there that you and I have captured are Dittos in disguise? That would be awesome, though, finding out one day that you’ve got a Ditto instead of a Charizard or a Blastoise. Although, I can imagine how it would rub some people the wrong way.
There’s also buzz that the latest update to the Android version of the app has code that hints at 100 new Pokemon coming in. But that’s hardly a secret, every one of us knew that they weren’t going to stop with the first 150. The Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh regions await and wherever else the Anime has gone to (I stopped watching after Johto, sue me).
Pokemon Go has been a very challenging game from the start. It got millennials to get off their behinds and walk around the block for once. It required them to travel aimlessly (sometimes) around the city looking for Pokemon and that resulted in weight loss, more social interaction, and an anxiety counter for people suffering from it. It also resulted in two people getting killed in incidents that you can’t possibly chalk up to the game but a lot of people did get hurt because they were so immersed in the augmented reality.
Pokemon Go has made hundreds of millions of dollars this year, after being released on July 6. It had 45 million daily active users at its peak and even outperformed porn in terms of Google searches for a while. It truly is the breakout game of the year and there’s probably not going to be anything like it very soon.