Pokemon Go Evolves This Summer With New Gyms, Raid Battles
Truly, we all live in a Pokemon world. Two new Pokemon games are coming to the 3DS this fall along with the fighting game spin-off Pokken Tournament on Nintendo Switch.But in terms of sheer impact and financial success, the modern Pokemon game to beat is probably still the augmented-reality phenomenon Pokemon Go.
This summer Pokemon Go evolves with new gyms and raid battle systems.I’d argue that Pokemon Go’s initial shallowness (along with its focus on first generation Pokemon) is actually what allowed it to be such a mainstream hit. However, Pokemon fans have been asking for deeper gameplay mechanics from the game for a while now, and this upcoming update should push the game in that direction.
Raid battles, meanwhile, are limited-time co-op events. Once triggered, players can team up with up to 19 other friends or strangers nearby to battle one powerful Pokemon before time runs out, like the fight against Mewtwo in Times Square(?) in the original Pokemon Go trailer. Win and you can use special Premiere Balls to try and catch the raid boss. Sounds like a great way to introduce more legendary Pokemon into the game (as well as make more real-world deals by turning the local Applebee’s or whatever into a “sponsored gym”). Other prizes include special berries and candies and TMs for easier catching and nurturing and teaching Pokemon better moves.
To prepare for the update, Niantic is shutting down existing gyms. But they’ll soon return in the all-new, all-different Pokemon Go.