We’ve been waiting for the gym rework to come to Pokemon GO for months now, and finally, it seems like some big things are about to happen. We’ve now got official confirmation from Niantic themselves that Pokemon GO gyms are closing today, which means the gym rework is probably nearly here too.
The official message reads: “Gyms will temporarily close starting Monday, June 19. Any Pokémon you’ve assigned to Gyms will be returned to you at that time.” There’s no indication of exactly when gyms will be closing on June 19th, but we should expect them to be closing before 5PM PDT based on what a Niantic employee told members of the Silph Road subreddit.
When asked about the timeframe for the gyms closing, NianticGeorge replied with this: “I don’t have an exact time. There’s a lot of moving pieces to this process so it would be hard to promise any timeframe. But I can say that it will likely happen within West Coast, USA business hours.”
It’s around 6AM PDT at the time of writing/publishing this article, which means if everything goes according to plan, gyms should be closing within the next 11 or so hours. Of course, there’s always the possibility of delays, so don’t be surprised if gyms remain accessible for a little while longer than predicted.
Now that gyms are finally about to close, there’s another question we need to ask: what’s going to happen when they do? We know that Pokemon will be returned to their trainers, but how will trainers acquire Poke Coins without purchasing them while the gyms are all closed?
I hope Niantic have a good plan for the next few days/weeks, because if they take away gyms without offering something in return to keep players entertained, they risk losing many players. Let’s just hope everything goes smoothly and Niantic do have a plan.
But what do you think? Do you think that the Pokemon GO gyms are closing today, or do you think it’ll be delayed? When do you think the gyms will re-open? And how different do you think the gym system will be when they do reopen? As always; let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!
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