John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, shared some exciting Pokémon GO news on the Mobile World Congress 2017!

Hanke’s session was a part of the “The Content Goldrush” panel, where biggest shakers and movers in the world of content creation and distribution shared their views and future plans.

Although expectations were low, Hanke managed to shed some light on the future of Pokémon GO by announcing that three major updates are planned for the game this year. He also highlighted that Generation 2 is the “first major update”.

Given the recent removal of Trading code from the app, it leaves us with only one solid guess: PvP is likely one of the future major updates. We’ve already discussed in depth the future of Pokémon GO and Hanke’s statement comes as reassurance that we were not far off!

TheSilphRoad also published their opinion on the matter and it seems that the consensus is on PvP. They noted that a potential overhaul of the Gym system could be in the works also.

The potential agenda for the updates is yet unknown, but given the events of past year, it’s likely that the following stands:

  • One of the major updates could land during July (launch anniversary)
  • Second major update could land during September (bridging the content gap)
  • Holiday Season filled with events (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year events)

As for the other potential “major update” candidates, we can’t help but to speculate that a worldwide event including Legendary birds could be in the works. This is pure speculation, but we it doesn’t hurt to hope, does it? 🙂

Stay tuned, much is coming and the year has just begun!