For a while now there have been rumors that Pokemon GO would be revamping its Gym gameplay by adding some form of multiplayer component to the experience. Today, developer Niantic all but confirmed such a change is on the way, while also announcing its next Fire and Ice Event.

Niantic began by confirming the Fire and Ice event will take place starting on June 13th and will, as the name suggests, see an increase in spawn rates for Ice and Fire-type Pokemon. There will also be some XP bonuses involved, and Lucky Eggs will be sold at a discount for the duration of the Pokemon GO event.

Shortly after the event concludes, Niantic will be shutting off Pokemon GO gyms across the world, as it reworks some of the mechanics involved with them. What exactly those changes might be is not yet clear, but Niantic says that “collaborative gameplay” will be introduced, which suggests that multiplayer may finally be added to the game.

Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.

There have been rumors for a while now that Pokemon GO might add some form of multiplayer raid or PvP to the game, but now it seems Niantic is finally ready to pull the trigger and add something new. Whether that involves fighting players vs. player at gyms, or trying to take over gyms with other members of the same faction, the good news is that things are changing.

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Some data mining of Pokemon GO files found activities that led fans to believe that it might be possible to defend gyms while another player attempts to take it over. Although it’s not exactly what some players envisioned when they heard that Pokemon GO might add raids, it is a more realistic gameplay mechanic for a relatively simple mobile title. Gyms are such a focal point in Nintendo’s Pokemon games that many expected them to be more involved in there.

In fact, Pokemon GO players have found gyms to be a major point of contention in the game, as GPS spoofers could take over the locations and keep control nearly indefinitely. But, if players can work together to claim gyms that might remove some of the perceived unfairness involved with gyms, while also introducing a cooperative element to the popular mobile game.

Pokemon GO is available on iOS and Android.

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