Asked by  on Twitter

Woah, that’s an interesting question Christian! So, let’s unbundle this a bit…

When is the fabled Gen 3 Release Date?

Although it’s a quite tough date to pinpoint, we’re rather confident that Generation III will release either late in 2017, or early in 2018.

Our experience thus far shows that Niantic is very “holiday centric” in their decisions, with tendency to release events and features on, or around, major calendar dates.

One thing to remember, is that Niantic is quite focused on European and American holidays, so these are important dates to remember.

Do you think Gen 2 or Gen 3 will have bigger impact on the game?

Our initial Generation III exploration shows that Gen III will not impact the meta game a lot. Unfortunately, a number of Gen 3 Pokémon are comparable or weaker than top tier Gen 1 and 2 Pokémon, making it hard to get excited about their current potential.

However, remember that Niantic announced a complete rework of the Gym system coming this year, implying that the meta can change dramatically in the months to come.

Sure, Pokémon like Dragonite and Tyranitar will retain their position in the meta, however, we’re quite worried for Blissey. Moreover, if Niantic decides to introduce passive abilities and status effects, we’ll be facing a completely different meta.

Which generation will have a bigger impact on the meta? Currently, we’d say Gen 3, mostly due to the fact Gen 2 was so lackluster-ish.

  • Zanic1

    I think Niantic has to include abilities in the next gen or we’ll have a meta of Slacking, I think that would be worse than the Blissey meta we have nowadays.

  • GonzoI

    To be fair, Blissey works correctly, it’s her counters that are broken. In the main series she is used competitively as a wall with stall-out strategies that are similarly frustrating to how she stalls out attackers in this meta. The difference is that there are Pokemon that can outpace her healing, use status to counter her healing, or use killing moves like Sheer Cold or Perish Song. A too-shallow pool in the meta is a common complaint in the main series as well.

    PVP without the time limit advantage to defenders will leave Blissey behind because PP stalling isn’t relevant to this meta. It will be dominated by strong all-around battlers like Dragonite and Vaporeon, and their counters.

    • Antonio Pavlinovic

      The strongest case for Abilities and Statuses to date.