Major Pokémon GO update aims to refresh brand

Jack Ridsdale

By Jack Ridsdale

June 23rd 2017 at 10:47AM
UPDATED June 23rd 2017 at 12:32PM
Major Pokémon GO update aims to refresh brand

Developer Niantic has revamped gym battles and added additional features including cooperative gym battles.

Developer Niantic is readying a series of changes to Pokémon GO, with an aim to improving the core game experience as well as bringing in new players and boosting the brand.

With this update, you'll be able to get items from Gyms like you do at PokéStops. And how you add Pokémon to a Gym is changing: Gyms will have six permanent slots that can be filled with the controlling team's Pokémon, and each Pokémon assigned to these slots must be unique. Opposing teams will battle the Pokémon in the order they were assigned to the Gym.

The other big news is the introduction of Raid Battles, cooperative gameplay features that encourage you to work with other Trainers to defeat extremely powerful Pokémon. Gyms all over the world will offer the chance to participate in Raid Battles. However, unlike Gym battles, Trainers on opposing teams can work together to complete them. 

The Pokémon brand made news last week following the E3 announcement that Game Freak is hard at work developing a full Pokémon RPG game for the Nintendo Switch. Pokémon Gold and Silver are also readying for their first release on the 3DS Eshop in September.