Pokemon Go Gyms closing, but will return soon

It's a gym Jim

While the goal of the gym shutdown remains unknown for now, rumors have emerged stating that Niantic would be tweaking some of the popular augmented reality mobile game's mechanics soon.

"Heads Up: Gyms will soon be closing temporarily for remodelling", Niantic announced.

"To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. In preparation for these exciting features, we'll be temporarily disabling gyms for a short period of time".

The capture mechanic is fun, but you're a lone wolf, you're going out there on your own. Niantic cites it as something that they've always wanted to improve, which makes sense as they're all basically dominated by the same power users who have high-level Pokemon.

A promotional photo for Niantic's "Pokemon GO". Fortunately, Reddit's premiere Pokemon GO subreddit, The Silph Road, has been able to get some concrete information about the upcoming PoGO gym shutdowns.

Monday is shaping up to be a big day for Pokemon Go, as the game will also announce additional details about its big live event Pokemon Go Fest at 1 PM ET.

The company has not said how long the Gyms will be offline for, or what the new features will be when they return, although it's rumored the company wants to overhaul gyms to help fight cheating.

People have been requesting PvP battles since launch so hopefully this is the new feature that is coming out soon. Any Pokémon you've assigned to Gyms will be returned to you at that time.

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