2017 'Pokemon Go' Update: 'Pokemon Go' Comes With New Gym And Raid Battle Features Announced

By LJ Joseph, Posted: 06/20/17 03:58AM EDT
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Niantic Labs has just pushed out a new post which will be of huge interest to anyone who still immerses themselves in the augmented world of "Pokemon Go". In order to keep the fans base engaged with the game, the studio is adding two major new features to the game.

"Pokémon Go" Update Adds Cooperative Raids And Redesigned Gyms

It seems that the time is now for Niantic to dramatically overhaul specific parts of the "Pokemon Go" experience. According to Redmond Pie, with the company looking to focus on how Trainers interact with Gyms and the underlying experience they get when interfacing with that aspect of the game.

To improve that experience Trainers will start to see Gyms undergoing a major facelift. This will immediately manifest itself with the ability to spin the PhotoDisc at a Gym to instantly receive new goodies for free, as reported by The Verge.

Furthermore, the whole Gym experience is also being updated with a new underlying concept based on a motivation system. The Pokemon assigned to protect a gym will organically lose motivation over time, and therefore become easier to defeat when motivation is visibly low.

In order to keep motivation high, Trainers are encouraged to keep popping in and feeding Berries to the Pokemon assigned to that gym. Trainers will also be able to earn individual Gym Badges when visiting and interacting with the many gyms dotted across the world.

Those Badges will be able to be viewed at any time. Hence, it will essentially act as a nostalgic reference to the fact that a Trainer has been to a particular gym.

 Niantic is also introducing a new Raid Battle feature which is a cooperative gameplay experience designed to let individuals work with other Trainers to defeat a particularly difficult or strong Gym Boss. Defeating that Raid Boss will also result in a ton of new rewards and items being given to the Trainers.



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