Pokemon Go Mewtwo Raids have begun, providing a new challenge for players around the globe.
So far, we know that Mewtwo Raids are only available at certains Gyms as there has been no official worldwide launch.
According to the latest Pokemon Go news, the new Boss Battles are only currently available in places with Niantic offices or data collection infrastructures.
This sounds about right, as Mewtwo Raids are currently in the beta phase, with more locations expected to pop up in the coming days.
The way in which the new EX-Raids are coordinated also seems to have changed, with Trainers who have been invited confirming that the window of battle has been cut to just one hour, while EX Raid Passes are distributed 24 hours before the event.
The first invites gave players around two days to get ready, while also providing two hours to defeat Mewtwo.
The Pokemon Go Raid structure appears to have changed since the launch of the first Mewtwo battles this week.
Fans are reporting the return of Pokemon Go egg Raids, which help to provide more time for Trainers to prepare.
Before a raid begins, a Raid Egg appears on top of a Gym, with a countdown displaying the time until the Egg hatches and the battle begins.
Once the Egg hatches, the raid begins and you have one hour to defeat the Boss, much in the same way it used to be.
There are mixed reports over whether all Raids have brought back eggs, however, more is likely to be revealed in the near future.
“Now you can ostensibly show up early and take the gym for the gym control bonus, and you won’t waste your time attempting to fight a fully motivated gym only to have a boss spawn right before you place a defender,” one commented.
Pokemon Go fans can also expect more major updates and gameplay additions soon.
While Gen 3 Pokemon and Ex Raid Battles appear to be next in line for a release, Niantic is also planning to make trading and player-vs-player battles available in the future.
In fact, a Pokemon Company spokesperson told Bloomberg that Niantic isn’t even close to being finished with Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said: “We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do, so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”
Considering how much Niantic has added to the game this year, the comments suggest that Pokemon Go could stick around for quite some time.
Ishihara also discussed some of the problems facing the Niantic app and how the developer deals with them.
“Depending on location, there are many Pokemon with different characteristics,” he said. “So what do we do with those and the real world? One view is to have chilly Pokemon in a cold climate, but then that would also mean that people born on a tropical island won’t be able to catch them.
“So we are always thinking of how to find the right balance between game design, how our Pokemon should exist, and how players feel about their collections.”
Ishihara said that it wouldn’t be safe to place electric Pokemon at power plants, for example.
He continued: “On the other hand, it has created a lot of social problems. When too many people gather, it causes mass confusion. Also this isn’t limited to Pokemon Go, but the issue of staring at smartphones while walking is something we have to focus on and think about.”