‘Pokemon GO’ latest news: EX Raid type testing to start soon

A promotional image for Niantic's "Pokemon GO" mobile game.

Niantic Labs is in high gear when it comes to improving its hit mobile game “Pokemon GO.”

In a post on the game’s official website, Niantic confirmed that the new EX Raid type will begin testing soon. Compared to the old standard Raids, the new Raid type will be exclusive to players who will receive an invitation.

“The first EX Raid Passes will be sent out soon, and those invited will have an opportunity to try out the new system as early as September 6,” wrote Niantic. The developers also said that they must first complete the testing before the EX Raids become available to the entire “Pokemon GO” community.

“We have collected some valuable early feedback on the new EX Raid Battle feature and will look to further test and hone the experience through the feedback of the dedicated global Trainer community,” Niantic said. Moreover, the field test will allow Niantic to apply “periodic adjustments” into the EX Raid’s “eligibility requirements, frequency, times, locations, and durations.”

Meanwhile, Gamespot reported that for players to receive an invite, they must first complete a Raid recently. This means they must defeat the Raid Boss at the Gym where an Exclusive Raid is happening.

In other “Pokemon GO” news, Niantic also released last Wednesday the latest update for the game. With the update, players can now view how many Trainers entered a Raid prior to using a Raid Pass. Moreover, Trainers can now browse through their Pokemon’s moves by typing the “@” character while on the Pokemon Collection screen.

In addition, they can also spin the Photo Disc found inside the Gym using the “Pokemon GO” Plus accessory. The update also addressed some minor bugs that affect the overall gameplay.

With the recent updates and developments implemented by Niantic, it is safe to say that they are serious at redemption. Different kinds of connectivity and logistical issues plagued “Pokemon GO” Fest, which took place in Chicago last July. The problems forced the organizers to refund the participants’ tickets and give out game credits.