Well, it’s finally here. We’ve been waiting patiently for a new update ever since the holiday event ended, and earlier this morning Niantic delivered with their version 0.53.1 (for Android) and 1.23.1 (for iOS) update.
On the surface, this update seems kind of boring. They fixed a few things for the Apple Watch, improved GPS tracking, and included the obligatory “minor text fixes”. But beneath the surface, there’s a whole lot more going on. (Click here to see the official post on Facebook.)
Yep, buried deep within this update is a bunch of cool stuff. We’re talking new moves, evolution items, genders, and a whole lot more. Here’s an (almost) full list of all the awesome stuff that data miners have found inside the game’s code:
New Moves. In total, 38 brand new moves have been added to the game. And, according to the researchers over at The Silph Road, many of these new moves have graphic assets attached to them, which means that they could be “turned on” in-game at any time.
Evolution Items. This could be the coolest addition to the game yet. For those who don’t know, in the main series games, there are heaps of Pokemon who cannot be evolved unless they are holding a certain item. Five of these items have been added to the game’s code, which means that Niantic could be planning to release some more Gen 2 Pokemon very soon!
Genders. Even more gender related code has been added to the game. Update: It appears that Pikachu and Raichu are now both available to be caught as male/female in game. Niantic might need to take a look at this, though, because some players have reported that males are evolving into females and vice versa!
Forms. Do you remember the Unown? They’re those weird Pokemon that have multiple different forms, and resemble letters from the alphabet (and the symbols “!” and “?”). Well, each of the 28 Unown variations have been added to the game, which, once again, gives us hope that more Gen 2 Pokemon will be made available in-game soon.
But that’s not all. There was also data related to new avatar customization, new sponsor types, a new debugging menu, and a “news” button. You can read more about these findings (and everything else mentioned above) by clicking here.
Personally, this update has hyped me the heck up. So much new, awesome content has been added to the game, and now it’s just a case of waiting for it to be “switched on”. It looks like 2017 is going to be a great year for Pokemon GO!
But what do you think about this data mine? Are you as excited as I am for these future features/additions? Or do you think it’s too little too late? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!