The update is expected to bring in changes in the gym mechanics and gameplay, including the speculated multiplayer mode.
Yes, /u/Mesawesome. As we get ready to update Pokémon GO, we want to ensure that Trainers have a sufficient heads up that Gyms will soon be disabled so that they can collect their Defender bonus. According to the banner, the gyms will be temporarily closed for renovations. ” 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”.
Niantic is preparing “Pokemon GO” for a major update, and by doing so, several systems have to be momentarily shut down.
The move, the developers state, is ahead of a new update that was announced earlier in June.
In the beginning of May, at the TNW conference that took place in Amsterdam, Mike Quigley, who is the Niantic CMO, declared that there is a possibility for them to add some new collaborative features. Quigley is quoted, saying: “The capture mechanic is fun, but you’re a lone wolf, you’re going out there on your own”.
The Niantic executive further explained that albeit most of the trainers hunt in groups in “Pokemon GO“, a “connected experience” is still not there. With the game steadily approaching its first anniversary, the chances of Niantic debuting a number of new features in its most successful title definitely makes flawless sense. This could be about time to draw once again the Pokémon GO fad.