Niantic Labs has released a new update for Pokemon GO which addresses a few different bugs that have been squashed with the arrival of this update. However, while bug fixes are always good, the real news comes from within the added coding of this update, which has been datamined and found to contain hints at the arrival of 100 new Pokemon soon, many of which fall into the 2nd generation of creatures in the franchise.
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Whether this is a result of the video that was posted on YouTube recently showing some of the gameplay coming in Pokemon GO, which was taken from Niantic Lab’s talk during SXSW 2016, or because of the company cancelling their GDC 2016 talk and gameplay reveal, we don’t know. It could also be due to the questions that have arisen since that video’s release about the depth of the gameplay, or possible lack thereof. However, the timing on releasing the first details regarding Pokemon GO’s gameplay and its first screenshots is pretty impeccable.
While Niantic Lab may have canceled their talk and subsequent gameplay show off at GDC for their upcoming Pokemon GO mobile game in exchange for additional development time before showing it off, the company did break the game out for a quick gameplay preview at SXSW 2016.
Previously part of Google until the company restructured into Alphabet, Niantic Labs is responsible for the rather popular location-based game Ingress, and the upcoming Pokemon GO game in partnership with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company. Things seem to be going good for Niantic Labs as they have quietly opened up a new studio over in Japan.