‘Pokemon Go’ Gen 2 Release Date, News & Update: Exciting Improvements, New Features to See in Second Generation Update!

By Louise Bonquin , Updated Oct 20, 2016 09:36 AM EDT

"Pokemon GO" may have lost millions of active players in the last couple of months, but it is still one of the best and most played mobile games today. In fact, rather than stepping back as players decrease, Niantic Labs is stepping up the game by scheduling the release of "Pokemon Go" Gen 2.

Some people think that this move is actually a way to recapture lost players but in truth, the "Pokemon GO" Gen 2 has been in the planning a long time ago. It just so happened that the timing of its release coincides at a time when the game's popularity slides down a bit.

At any rate, many details about "Pokemon GO" Gen 2 have been published online so it is not surprising that gamers already know many new features that will come with the updated game. Some of the expected improvements and new additions in the upcoming game include:

New characters, legendary birds and evolution forms of Pokemon

One of most talked about additions in "Pokemon GO" Gen 2 are the legendary birds - Articuno, Moltres and Zapdos. According to GamenGuide, trainers want them in Gen 2 because they have not spotted them in Gen 1 until now.

New characters -- especially the baby version of Pikachu called Pichu -- is very much anticipated. It has been rumored that alien-like creatures are going to be added in the game, too.

In addition, evolution forms of some popular Gen 1 Pokemon are said to be appearing in "Pokemon GO" Gen 2 and evolution times would be reduced, for the game to move faster this time. It should be noted that players need to save more candies for the second generation of the game.

New Battles and Trading System

Some game experts revealed that Niantic Labs is adding new battles in "Pokemon GO" Gen 2. Players want new battle modes where trainers can be pitted against their chosen opponents. The idea was well-liked by gamers because it will make the game more interesting.

Trading system has long been rumored to be introduced into "Pokemon Go" but since it is still not around, many believe it will be included in Gen 2 instead. The new trading will allow players to trade Pokemon and items for extra advantage in the game.

Lastly, there is still no announcement about "Pokemon GO" Gen 2 release date but according to Pokemon Go Association, it is likely to come out in May 2017. Since the rumor release date is just a few months away, Niantic Labs may release a statement soon.

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