When Niantic announced that they had partnered up with Warner Bros in order to develop a new augmented reality title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, fans took this as an unofficial announcement that Pokemon Go was on the outs. Well, we’re excited to say that this announcement was anything but an announcement of Pokemon Go’s demise. Instead, Niantic appears to have doubled down on their famous augmented reality title in order to bring a much-needed facelift to the game. It was recently announced by Niantic that Gen 3 would be coming to Pokemon Go. That’s not all! It was also announced that a dynamic weather system would be employed into the title. What does this mean? Let’s find out.

The first week of December turned out pretty kind for Pokemon fans and gamers that have been addicted to Pokemon Go. Hoenn Pokemon were released in bunches via a brand new update that had initially been dropped into the game at a slow pace. Among those new Pokemon are Mudkip, Torchic and Treecko as well as their ultra-popular evolutionary line. Along with these three mainstays, it was revealed that the rest of Hoenn’s cast of around 50 Pokemon will find their way into the game, thus massively improving what had become something of a stagnant Pokedex. Despite this rather monumental addition to the game, the announcement fell behind something even more interesting: dynamic weather!

Fans of Pokemon Go have long been begging Niantic for some ways to feel more immersed in the game. After all, you are playing as a trainer so why wouldn’t you want to feel like one? The new dynamic weather system will fundamentally change how the game is played, at least to a certain extent. With dynamic weather in place, your Pokemon Go app will sync the weather in your area with the type of Pokemon that are capable of spawning within it. You’ll also see that your local weather will impact the strength of these Pokemon, the amount of stardust that they offer, and the actual type of Pokemon that spawn. It totally makes sense that rainy weather should bring out more water types, as just an example. Niantic has also issued assurances that they will put safety checks in place in order to prevent Pokemon Go trainers from rushing out into potentially dangerous and violent weather in the pursuit of catching more Pokemon.