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Gym Rework Will Be The Next Major Update In 2017

Gym Rework

Issues with Gyms:

  • Hanke admits the current Gym system is incomplete
  • Hanke admits that Gyms don’t work as well as they wanted them to
  • They learned how common goals help communities get together from Ingress

“We will rework this [gym] aspect of the game so that there will be more teamwork and people will get more incentive and reward for participating.” Hanke also confirmed there was little time for innovation as they struggled to tackle real time problems with their technology and platform.

Future Updates In 2017. PvP and Trading Hinted

How will it continue after the Arena update for 2017? “For the two releases that follow, we are pushing the most diverse features back and forth to define the final goals,” says Hanke. “The developers at Niantic would think a lot about how players can trade monsters and fight against each other.”

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John Hanke – Image Credit: Dominik Schönleben

Possible Legendary Birds and Mew/MewTwo Events

In addition, Niantic wants to finally deliver what many trainers have been waiting for since the first few weeks: the legendary Pokémon – Mewtwo, Mew and the three elemental birds assigned to the teams. “I can safely say we’ll see more of it this year,” says Hanke.

You can watch the full keynote here.