Pokémon GO is going to go down for server maintenance in the coming week. Developer Niantic Labs haven’t given any other specific reason for this downtime, but it is a bit strange. Despite many places around the world being under lockdown, Pokémon GO has persevered.
Pokémon GO Will Undergo Maintenance Soon
They’ve adapted the game’s mechanics to work for players while they’re still at home. However, they haven’t shut the game down for any reason, even while making these drastic changes. This move is raising a few eyebrows among the game’s fan community.
It’s only a temporary shutdown, and it’s not going to change anything about the game, but it is a bit strange. Here’s what the Pokémon GO Twitter account had to say regarding this shutdown.
Pokémon GO Will Be Offline For Seven Hours
“Trainers, Pokémon GO will be experiencing global downtime for seven hours on Monday, June 1, 2020. From around 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. PDT, the game will be undergoing server maintenance and will be inaccessible to all Trainers. We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause.”
One of the reasons this is a bit of a weird one is because it has literally been years since the last time Niantic shut down Pokémon GO for any reason. The last time this happened was all the way back in 2016, which is when the game first came out. That happened simply due to the sheer volume of players playing the game, though.
Niantic Is Making Some Changes
Pokémon GO is going through some changes regarding its in-game currency. Niantic is currently testing these changes in Australia. However, the community isn’t responding positively to all of these changes. Previously, players could only get Pokécoins through gym battles.
However, Niantic has now added the option to earn up to 5 Pokécoins a day by completing certain tasks. This does mean that players earn fewer coins through gym battles, though. This has made gym battles too competitive and somewhat hostile.
We’ll see how many of these changes Niantic ends up implementing in Pokémon GO.