Pokemon Sun and Moon, the newest installments in the Pokemon handheld gaming franchise, have just made history by implementing something no other Pokemon game has: a global mission. That is, a mission that Pokemon Sun and Moon players around the world must work together to complete by utilizing the game’s seamless internet connectivity features.
100 Million Pokemon
Kotaku reports that Gamefreak, the company behind the Pokemon games, recently announced the first global mission has begun. To complete it, they want trainers to catch 100 million Pokemon Sun and Moon creatures before December 13. Of course, they do not intend for each individual trainer to catch that amount. Instead, they want players everywhere to contribute what they can. A trainer need only register their copy of Pokemon Sun and Moon online and turn on the “game sync” feature before the challenge deadline to have their Pokemon counted towards the 100 million total. A short tutorial on how to enable game sync can be found at IGN, and you can view it by clicking here.
There is something in it for the trainers who help reach the target number, too. To be specific, all those who chip in will receive festival coins, a currency that can be used in Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Festival Plaza, the game’s designated area that lets players interact both with each other and their own Pokemon. The franchise’s official site has more to say about the possible rewards of the global mission.
“If everyone combines their efforts to catch 100 million Pokemon between November 29 and December 13, 2016, each participant will receive 1,000 Festival Coins as a reward. If the goal isn’t met, Trainers who contributed will still receive a participation prize of 100 Festival Coins. To be sure that your Pokemon bounty gets included in the final count, be sure to use Game Sync by December 13.”
There is really no reason for Pokemon Sun and Moon owners not to participate in the event, as it is free and offers a reward. Of course, there is the 15 minutes it will take to set up Game Sync (probably less if you already have a Pokemon Trainer Club account), but anyone who spends time playing Pokemon Sun and Moon should do that anyway, as there will be many more events like this in the future.
The Dawn of a New Age
The Pokemon Global Link, an online system that allows Pokemon trainers to find, interact with, and battle with each other via the net, is not a new feature for the series. Just before the release of Pokemon Sun and Moon about two weeks ago, however, The Pokemon Company announced that the revamped Pokemon Global Link packaged with Sun and Moon would allow even more seamless connection between players than any previous iteration of the system had.
Rating battles and global missions would be introduced soon after the games were released, said a write-up on Pokemon’s site, and rental teams, along with the ability to set up friendly, localized competitions, would be introduced in January of 2017.
Likely one of the main reasons the Pokemon series has stood out from other role-playing game franchises over the years is because it has always placed a large emphasis on human-to-human connections between players instead of just gameplay and maybe a straightforward online battling mode.
Pokemon is taking yet another step in terms of P2P connectivity by introducing this new batch of Global Link features. The Global Missions are especially innovative, as they allow players from around the world to work together rather than going head-to-head, a model that has just recently proven very successful for Pokemon with the massive success of Pokemon GO. Hopefully, the current Pokemon Sun and Moon global mission will prove just as big a success as one of GO’s global events.
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