The Pokémon Go found footage Ultra Beast Horror shorts are great

On Saturday, Niantic and The Pokémon Company held the finals for Pokemon Go‘s big Go Fest 2022 event, which spanned three months and culminated in players gaining access to the mobile game’s Ultra Beasts. In the run-up to the final, the people behind it Pokemon Go started spicing up the event with a series of found footage style short films with horror tones featuring these Ultra Beasts. While there’s only about 90 seconds of footage total, the shorts make a compelling case for one cloverfieldPokemon themed Pokemon horror series or movie – because who wouldn’t be scared when a swarm of Buzzwoles appeared from Seattle’s Space Needle?

For Pokémon fans who haven’t seen the shorts, they’re extremely well made. One shows the Ultra Beast Nihilego quietly chilling in the dark in a Tokyo underpass, while a later video shows a massive Nihilego swarm soaring into the sky. Footage from a Berlin traffic camera shows the Ultra Beast Pheromosa sprinting through the streets, almost invisible to the human eye. The best – and most terrifying – footage shows a Xurkitree draining power from a Japanese office building and attacking a man filming his feast.

Will The Pokémon Company ever make a feature-length version of these terrifying Pokémon stories? Unlikely. The company appears to be content with family-friendliness Detective Pikachu-Style fare with the property, and it’s hard to fault it for that. But hopefully we’ll get something more substantial of its kind in the future, if only for next year’s Go Fest event. Pokemon Go finally has plenty of Ultra Beasts to add, including the most terrifying of them all: Blacephalon. The Pokémon Go found footage Ultra Beast Horror shorts are great

Charles Jones

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