The iOS version of the latest update for Pokémon GO has appeared on the App Store a day earlier than expected. Usually, iOS updates come out late Wednesday or early Thursday, but it has come out mid-day (ET) on Wednesday. Once Niantic makes this update forced for everyone, the Gyms will reopen. But when will this be?
A Pokémon Trainer Club Newsletter claims that the Gyms will go live in "early July." Considering that this email is an official statement of the Pokémon Company, we can treat this information as accurate, although it seems unlikely. July 1, alone, is over a week away. Even though we have no idea how long Niantic will need to clean up the Gyms (or what they're doing besides refreshing and restarting them), it seems unlikely that they'll wait until July to launch the new Gym system. This being said, the Raid Battle system coming in July does not seem unreasonable.
So why might the Gym relaunch take so long? Simply, this update has brought some bugs. Once the GAME_MASTER file was updated, Pokémon models became super-sized and capture rings' proportion were thrown off. Niantic has tweeted that this bug will be fixed with the update, although some of the updated models are still bigger or smaller than usual.
Three of Niantic's official European partners, the Unibail-Rodamco shopping centers, have released statements saying, in other words, that the Raid Battle beta may go live soon. Pokémon GO Hub first reported on this development, and, like them, PNN will warn you that this information has not yet been confirmed by Niantic. The three malls are in France and Denmark, and their statements use official artwork. GO Hub speculates that the three malls just made the same mistake around the same time, although it is possible (and, hopefully, so) that the Gym rework and Raid beta may come earlier than stated in the PTC Newsletter.
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