theverge.com - 9 days ago
Pokémon Go’s big summer update adds cooperative raids and redesigned gyms
Nearly a year after it first launched, Pokémon Go is getting a big summer update aimed at making the game both more accessible and more social.
While it may not be as popular as the heady days when it first debuted, developer Niantic says that Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 750 million times to date, and it currently boasts 65 million monthly players. To keep that fanbase engaged, the studio is adding two major new features to the game, which you’ll be able to experience shortly through a pair of free updates. The updates join a slew of changes for the game over the past year, which include everything from the addition of new creatures to the limited time in-game events. Here’s what to expect this summer: Multiplayer raid battles You know that scene in the original Pokémon Go trailer where trainers team up to fight a huge, powerful pokémon in Times Square? “Raid battles” are Niantic’s attempt to bring that concept into the game. Essentially, the battles allow up to 20 players to work together to fight rare bosses, which will randomly appear at gyms. You’ll know a boss is coming because a pokémon egg will appear at a gym, complete with a timer to let you know when it will hatch.
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