Since then, the popularity of the game has ebbed considerably but, with some new updates that they're about to roll out, the app's producers are hoping to rekindle some of the fire they helped to build in 2016.
We also know that Niantic has made efforts to curb these numbers by preventing Pokemon Go from functioning when the phone's Global Positioning System suggests that the player is traveling at high speed but this brought along a negative effect on the gameplay experience.
Although Niantic became known for its massively popular "Pokemon Go", it actually began with "Ingress", which was launched way back in 2012 when the company was still a subsidiary of Google.
The new additions are all from the Hoenn region and first introduced in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, which were also the first games where weather had an impact on the gameplay. The changing weather will also change some Pokémon habits and allow for increased Combat Power and the ability to earn more Stardust. The combination of the new Pokemon and the new weather features should keep players busy for the next few weeks. "We prefer to give bonuses rather than penalties where we can", a Niantic official told the Verge. Weather effects include sunny, rainy, snowy, foggy, partly cloudy, and windy.
Don't expect to see the weather effects immediately.
The latest update for Pokemon GO will go live later this week with 50 Pokemon from generation three. The weather effects will be added to the game "later this month".