Pokemon GO nails the feeling of being a Pokemon trainer in many ways. You have to walk around to get Pokemon, you have a partner Pokemon travel with you, there are other trainers in the world, etc. However, the one major way it’s not like a regular Pokemon game or like the Pokemon anime is that the Gym Battles don’t resemble anything like their counterparts.
In the game, Gyms are constantly changing their owners, but, you don’t have to be active in the game to lose your gym, and the battles themselves are very linear. At GDC, Developer Niantic spoke with Polygon and admitted that the Gym Battles have to change.
“The gym portion [of Pokémon Go] needs a lot more work, and we are trying to improve it and make a bigger change to how the system works,” says Nomura. “Overall, I think we need a little bit more time to think through how we do it.”
“We needed to define [gyms] in a way that works in a mobile game. For example, we didn’t have … there’s no non-playable characters. That’s not how the game works. We’re an MMO, and we expect people to play with other people.”
Though you may not realize it, depending on the change, this could affect other aspects of Pokemon GO as well, we’ll just have to see.