Three "major" updates planned for Pokemon GO by the end of 2017

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Three "major" updates planned for Pokemon GO by the end of 2017

Niantic Labs is set to bring three more "major" updates to Pokemon GO by the end of 2017.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Niantic Labs' CEO John Hanke quietly mentioned the three planned updates. The comments were picked up on by members of the sub-Reddit TheSilphRoad.

Hanke also referred to the game's most recent update, which added 80 new Pokemon, as a "major" update. This implies that the upcoming updates will be of a similar size in terms of content.

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TheSilphRoad also made some basic assumptions based on the data, concluding that a new major update could come once every three months.

Expected updates include a much-desired PvP battle mode and improvements to gyms. Trading is not said to be a top priority for the game at present.

Pokemon GO players have been kept active with a range of in-game events and updates. The latest major update helped push the game back to the top of the grossing charts in numerous countries after it launched.


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