July 6 will mark the one-year anniversary for Pokémon GO, which swept the globe faster than typhoid and smallpox combined back in their heyday. And while the game is riding high on the new set of addition it made to the game last month, we all kinda knew it would only be a matter of time before something would come up about the game’s anniversary. Now it appears details are starting to leak out about what that could be.
Adding to the latest datamining leaks to come out over the past few days, some people on Reddit have found a line of code called ONE_YEAR_ANNIVERSARY in the game’s programming. Considering a lot of the latest updates were released fairly quickly, one could easily assume that part of the plan was to release these updates as part of the anniversary, but were bumped up sooner than planned.
But the fan rumor going around is that there will be a special Pikachu released during the anniversary for people to catch, much like they’ve done before with versions of him wearing a Santa hat. But this one is not just any Pikachu, it would be Ash Ketchum’s Pikachu. If that’s to be believed, then I can’t wait to see the Pokémon GO update where you own a Pikachu that lives in your character’s backpack and not in a ball.