Niantic Labs dropped a major bomb this week by announcing tons and tons of new features in the works for Pokemon Go. And while some players are patiently waiting until Gyms go back up with the new features on beta mode, fans can first look at another addition that didn't make headlines.
We already know of the Raid Battles and new Motivation System, both of which are designed to get players invested in the game rather than passively leaving their powerful enough ‘mons in Gyms.
However, over at Niantic's Pokemon Go official support site, another tab has been updated for redeeming promo codes. This new feature will supposedly help players unlock exclusive Pokemon Go promotion items, though sadly, it's just headed to Android first.
"Pokemon Go occasionally offers promotional codes through our partnerships and special events. Promo codes can be used to redeem items such as Poke Balls, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, and more."
The developer has already put a simple four-step redemption process if ever you land yourself a promo code. If you're using an Android device, all you need to do are the following:
1 In the Map View, touch the Main Menu button.
2 Touch Shop button
3 At the bottom of the screen, enter the promo code in the text field.
4 Touch Redeem.
Those who are successful in redeeming will get a notification display containing the items that should have been added to the inventory.
According to Eurogamer, the way that promo code will work may mimic how Niantic Labs' other title, Ingress, makes use of their own codes. Sometimes it can be given out via social media while others are obtainable during events.
Since Pokemon Go has partnered with a lot of stores since its more hyped days, it's possible that it will utilize those partnerships by offering exclusive items for every promo code obtained in those restaurants. Like other Pokemon games, community effort codes can also be distributed, particularly for ‘mons that may be rare or Legendary.
To be honest, this is a pretty neat feature—even more so, since I'm an Android user—and one that could definitely swing to Pokemon Go's advantage in terms of bringing back its hype through convenient partners. But I think its main issue at the moment is getting back the fans that have started to quit since events stopped becoming an attractive source of entertainment.
For now, I'm waiting for the game to go back online with all of the bells and whistles added. The recent event was fun, if only so we can get some of the fire-type ‘mons. But I'm already excited for more features to arrive.