In a recent Dev Diary, Niantic outlined upcoming maintenance to be performed for Pokemon GO. Specifically, infrastructural changes are coming to the GO Battle League. Here’s what’s going on for the next season of the GO Battle League and what it means.
Pokemon GO Battle League takes a break season for maintenance
According to Niantic, the next season of the GO Battle League will be an “interval season”. Rewards can still be won, but ratings and rankings will not be affected.
Pokemon GO Battle League has long been plagued by bugs and glitches. Much of Pokemon GO follows suit, but nowhere is this more annoying than the competitive mode that so many players look forward to every season.
During this interval season, Niantic will be working on a slew of bug fixes and reworks. Chief among them are battle code rewrites, to enable more stability and to make it easier for development work in the future.
I’ve always heard rumors that Pokemon GO’s code is written and rewritten for each update, and that’s why so many bugs keep coming up. When a new thing is made, an old thing gets wonky. Client Software Engineer Alex Hardinger seems to confirm some of these suspicions.
“With these changes, we can also develop new features and introduce bigger changes to the system with less risk to the existing code, allowing us to iterate and adapt.”
Fast Attack desyncs are another issue Niantic is hard at work fixing. Latency is part of the equation, but the server also doesn’t seem to be doing its best job to keep up. Niantic will be introducing more sync points to keep the game state accurate.
These changes should make competitive Pokemon GO finally feel like a competition, even if it comes after years of issues. Better late than never.