Pokémon Go launched in the summer of 2016 and has been updated regularly ever since. In 2017 we got Gen 2, Raid Battles, the new Gyms, the first two generations of Legendary Pokémon and the beginning of Gen 3. So far, 2018 has brought us Field Research, Trading, Friendship, Alolan Forms, and now, Gen 4, and Player vs. Player (PvP) Trainer Battles. So, what will 2019 bring?
Team Changes coming, once a year, starting February 26, 2019
This will fill some of you with dread, some with rage, some with hope, and some with joy. But, starting February 26, 2019, if you're willing to spend $10 in Poke Coins, you can change teams from Valor to Instinct, Valor to Mystic, or Instinct to Mystic — but only once a year.
Hopefully, Pokemon Go isn't going to bring back any of the divisive, team-focused gameplay that split communities and often spilled over into real-world harassment and even violence. Hopefully, this is just for people who are otherwise in an area overwhelmed by one team or another and needing some relief to get into or out of the Gym game.
But we'll have to wait and see.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.