A couple of weeks ago developer Niantic revealed that they plan to shut down all “Pokemon GO” gyms temporarily. This was simply for the purpose of conducting major remodeling on the gym system. Apparently, there is a main reason why the studio decided to do so in the hit augmented reality game.

The company iterated that by closing all “Pokemon GO” gyms, their developers will be able to implement the upgrades and changes they wanted to introduce. This became a possibility following all the feedbacks and concerns from the community, suggesting how awful the system above had become.

Many believe that it became an avenue for exploits, affecting the overall gameplay experience of the title.

Implemented to prevent stacking in 'Pokemon GO.'

Data miners were reportedly able to acquire information from the game’s code pointing to Niantic developing a particular feature. This feature, in one way or another, is said to be implemented in the gym system for one single purpose: to prevent Pokemon stacking. The latter refers to players who stack high-powered pocket monsters such as Dragonite and Blissey. As a result, other trainers are having zero chances of taking gyms with such defense.

Remodeling the “Pokemon GO” gyms will allow the studio to implement the aforementioned feature.

Once this happens, players will be unable to deploy creatures if the same kind of Pokemon is already present in a certain gym. This should be one of the many steps the company needs to do in order to provide a refreshing experience in the game.

Making the game more about normal players

Over the course of its existence, “Pokemon GO” has become an avenue for cheaters and/or exploiters.

Players were able to spoof their GPS, allowing them to acquire Pokemon that are not available in a particular region. There are also those who resort to third-party software, which is a total violation of the game’s Terms of Service agreement.

If Niantic can redo the process in “Pokemon GO” gyms, then it is very likely for normal players to dominate again.

The days of overpowered creatures and fake accounts, among others, will be over. This should revitalize the game, which still has a player count of over 65 million.

Add to these the fact that the studio is set to release real-world events this summer as part of the first anniversary of the game. The most interesting one is the event in Chicago that is believed to include at least 20,000 players. Things are definitely looking better for the augmented reality mobile game.