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All New Co-op Gameplay Experience Coming this Spring in Pokemon GO

We have some very exciting news to share! Firstly, we recently saw rumors in the online Pokémon development community claiming that Gym raid messages have appeared in the network traffic. Secondly, Niantic just officially confirmed that “all new cooperative social gameplay experiences” are coming to the game this Spring!

In their official blog post titled “Thank you…”, Niantic expressed their gratefulness to the player base and announced they won the prestigious BAFTA “Best Mobile and Handheld Game” award.

At the end of the article comes a direct response to the LGF 2017 article we published a few days ago. That same article was quoted by Niantic’s official Twitter account yesterday and today we’ve received more clarification:
We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine.
Although a lot of this is still unclear and mysterious, it is now official that we’re in for a wild ride.

As far as Gym raids go, we have no confirmation to share at this moment, however, Niantic did officially confirmed that new game modes and experiences are coming. Will these “cooperative social gameplay experiences” include Gym raids or not, still remains to be seen.

Here’s the before mentioned network traffic mentioning Gym raids:
"gym_removal_notification_toast" "{0} has fought hard and returned!" "{0} は "pokemon_hungry_notification_toast" "{0} is hungry!" "{0} はお腹が空いている"
"pokemon_lost_notification_toast" "{0} lost a battle!" "{0} は負けてしまった"
"pokemon_won_notification_toast" "{0} defended the Gym!" "{0} はジムを守った!" "nearby_raid_notification_toast" "Nearby raid starting soon!" "近くのジムでバ "gym_removal_notification_toast|1" "{0} is back after a hard battle!" "{0} が "gym_removal_notification_toast|2" "{0} was forced off the Gym!" "{0} がジムか "pokemon_hungry_notification_toast|1" "{0} needs a pick-me-up!" "{0} のお腹が "pokemon_hungry_notification_toast|2" "{0} wants a berry!" "{0} はきのみを欲 "pokemon_lost_notification_toast|1" "{0} was defeated in battle!" "{0} は負けて "pokemon_lost_notification_toast|2" "{0} fainted at the Gym!" "{0} はひんしになっ "pokemon_won_notification_toast|1" "{0} was victorious in battle!" "{0} はバトル "pokemon_won_notification_toast|2" "{0} has triumphed over your opponents!"
"nearby_raid_notification_toast|1" "There's a raid about to start near you!"
"nearby_raid_notification_toast|2" "A raid's going to start nearby!" "近くでバ