A few days ago, Niantic CEO John Hanke gave a speech in Spain where he announced that there would be three major updates for Pokemon GO in 2017, with each of these updates expected to be as large as the recent Gen 2 update. Once the Internet heard about this, wild speculation ensued, and many players theorized that Trading, PvP, and the release of the legendary Pokemon would be the major updates of 2017.
Well, it hasn’t even been a full week since the news about the three major updates, but it seems like we might have the answer we were waiting for. In an interview with Wired Germany, Hanke told reporters that the next major Pokemon GO update will be a complete gym overhaul, with trading and PvP possibly coming later in the year.
While we don’t yet have an official translation (the interview was published in German), we can still get a feel for what was said. “The arenas simply do not work as well as we want. We know from Ingress that cooperation and planning are a lot of fun. When people have a common goal, it is a strong incentive to meet with friends or to get together with people you do not know,” Hanke told reporters.
“There is very limited gameplay in the arenas. They simply do not work as well as we would wish. We will rework this aspect of the game so that there will be more teamwork and people will have more incentive and reward to participate in,” Hanke continued.
After speaking about the planned gym changes, Hanke went on to talk about the other two major updates planned for Pokemon GO this year: “For the two releases that follow, we are pushing the most diverse features back and forth to define the final goals.” The Wired reporter heavily implied that Hanke was referring to trading and PvP, which makes a lot of sense as they are two of the most anticipated features for most players.
And, finally, Hanke had something to say about the possibility of the legendary Pokemon being added to the game, too. When asked if Mewtwo and the other legendary Pokemon were coming this year, Hanke replied with: “I can safely say we’ll see more of it this year.” Hype levels are now officially over 9000!
So there you have it. According to John Hanke, the next major Pokemon GO update will be a complete gym overhaul. In my opinion, this is probably the best major update we could hope for right now. Trading would be totally broken if implemented right now due to all of the spoofer, but a gym overhaul, however, would make the game more fun and exciting without any negative consequences.
But what do you think? Do you think the next major Pokemon GO update will be a complete gym overhaul? Or do you think Hanke is just trying to throw us off the scent so we’ll be extra surprised when trading/PvP is added instead? Let me know what you think in the comment section below!
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