A big new Pokemon Go update is in the works and will launch this summer
UPDATE ONE: A big summer launch for Pokemon Go is being worked on right now and will follow on from the co-op gameplay update and the Easter Event.
That's the latest information confirmed for the game, coming from a recent interview with Niantic in Japan.
The new Pokemon Go update in question is reportedly linked to the raids systems, which has been rumoured to be a big part of the revamp coming to Gyms.
According to a recent translation of the K-Tai Watch interview, Niantic's Japanese Staff Yoshiji Kawashima, Asian General Manager, and Kenji Suka, Asian General Marketing Manager, confirmed that a big summer event is being worked on.
No further details were shared other than the new Pokemon Go update would be like nothing the development team have ever done before.
Niantic are currently working on the new features that will be implented this summer, which look to be separate from the recently announced co-op experience coming to the game this spring.
Currently, players can enjoy hatching better Pokemon from 2km eggs, earning double XP, as well as added Candies from the Pocket Monsters successfully hatched.
In terms of an end date, the Pokemon Go Easter Eggstravaganza event is only running for a week, which means it finishes on April 20 at 9pm, UK time.
Lucky eggs are also available at a discounted price, selling at 50% off for the duration of the event, and also providing players the opportunity of stacking them to get X4 the XP.
The new Pokemon Go Easter Event will soon be replaced by something much bigger
While fans have been checking out the new Pokemon Go Easter Event, along with its Eggstravaganza bonuses, it appears that Niantic have other plans.
Hot on the launch of their latest Pokemon Go update, Niantic confirmed they’re moving toward releasing their biggest changes for the game.
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According to the most recent Pokemon Go news from the development team, players will soon have access to an all new cooperative social gameplay experience in Pokemon Go.
What this is, Niantic have remained coy over, however, other sources have provided some vital background information.
Several reported key features look set to make their debut in the coming weeks, including a further expansion of the Teams system, as well as a revamp of the Gym mechanics.
Players will apparently be able to monitor their Pocket Monsters that are away guarding Gyms, this will include notification on battles that they have either won or lost.
Other new features will also reportedly include having to feed your Gym Pokemon with berries, although it's unclear if this will extend to the ones already present in the game, or a new special kind.
Additional rewards will also be attached to owning Gyms, and may even feed into a wider social system that will see global goals set by Niantic.
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This could be the way the development team finally launch the Legendary Pokemon that are currently missing and may even extend to new teams being established in the future.
Timed raids is another alleged feature coming to the game and sound like a natural extension of the daily rewards system, giving players something to do as an alternative to just hunting Pocket Monsters.
Nothing has been leaked on how the mechanics behind a raid will function, however, it seems likely that Niantic will provide new information on their plans in the near future.
In a separate update from the leaked information above, Game designer at Niantic, David Hollins, recently confirmed that Legendary Pokemon were still in the works.
Hollins also spoke about PvP and Trading being long-term goals for Niantic.
If the recent rumours prove true, the new raids could fit in nicely with any new Player-vs-Player features being cooked up.
While these will be the main new features coming to the game, there are other smaller changes that are also being worked on.
New information has been found by dataminers, suggesting that a redeemable code system is set to be added to the game in the near future.
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There is currently no information on the release date, only that the code is apparently ready to function and in place, having been added in a recent Pokemon Go update.
It appears that redeemable codes will reward items such as Avatar items, Candy, Stardust and PokeCoins.
Some of these could be connected to future events, while others may be offered by some of Pokemon Go’s commercial partners.
Another small tweak will be the launch of a new new notification system, that will give players in-game updates on when new Pokemon Go events are being released.