Pokemon GO trainers who have been playing the game on some rather old iPhones may find themselves locked out of the game next month.
Niantic’s Pokemon GO development team has confirmed that support for Apple devices that are incapable of upgrading to iOS 11 will no longer be supported.
After Wednesday, February 28 any Pokemon GO players on affected devices may no longer be able to continue playing the game.
While most players may have updated to the more recent iOS, anyone still using an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c (and older) will no longer be able to play the game.
According to Niantic, the forced update will require that all players switch to a supported device to continue playing Pokémon GO.
Like past updates, this will likely allow the devs to focus on the current Apple operating system and future iterations, which does make sense, since the OS has changed quite a bit in recent years.
Last November Niantic announced that it had removed support for iOS 8 and the iPhone 4 series.
At the time they explained that by removing support for iOS 8, the team could “streamline our development process and focus resources on supporting newer operating systems and technologies”
They also added:
“A vast majority of Apple users have migrated to iOS 9 and above. As players migrate from older operating system versions to newer ones, we periodically update our supported device requirements to focus on the devices our player base use.”
Pokemon GO recently released a rather important update to the games Master File which could hint at some big upcoming changes to the game in the week ahead.
Whilst the recent Master File changes also tweaked a number of details, such as removing Ice Shard as a viable move for Delibird and fixing the jump timers for Caterpie and Metapod, there was one rather interesting change to upcoming Raid Boss, Kyogre.
For those who don’t know, Kyogre is one of the three Gen 3 Legendary Pokemon originally discovered in the Hoenn region games.
Following the launch of Gen 3 into the game, Niantic released the first Gen 3 legendary, Groudon, who Niantic said was only available as a Raid boss until 1pm PST (9pm GMT) on January 15, 2018.
Whilst no official announcement has been made on what happens when Groudon leaves the game, a change in the recent master file may indicate the imminent arrival of Kyogre as a new raid boss.
According to the Pokemon GO Hub, the update removed the Dragon Tail fast move from Kyogre’s move pool.
“We can’t confirm yet, but updates like these (CP and move nerfs) usually come prior to the release of that particular Pokémon,” the site mentioned.
We would imagine that following Groudon’s exit, Niantic will release Kyogre, followed by fellow legendary Rayquaza a month later in February.
The new Ex-Raid invites are scheduled for January 16th and according to the Pokemon GO Hub, this new wave of passes appear to be targeting “mostly” first time raiders.
That being said, Reversal, who is arguably the most well known Pokémon GO Youtuber has announced his intention to take a break from the game after repeatedly not receiving an EX Raid invite.
Writing on Twitter to his fans, Reversal said:
“You know what? I’m done with this EX-Raid Pass System. Way to kill my motivation on this game. Taking a indefinite break from #PokemonGO”
Currently Ex-Raid’s are the only way for players to fight and capture Legendary Raid Boss Mewtwo.
Which sort of highlights the problem with the whole Ex-Raid system, as there appears to be no reasoning behind who gets sent an invite.
Even when you’re one of the most prominent and acitve players in the game with over 300,000 YouTube subscribers who love watching you play and talk about Pokemon GO.
Bizarrely, Pokemon GO Hub also mentioned that they’ve received a lot of reports that players have been sent a raid pass although they still have an unused one for the January 9th EX-raid.