Pokemon Go's newest update is live on iOS and players have discovered that it has even more changes that make a Gen 3 release possible as soon as this week.
As the iOS update went live, players discovered that Niantic also updated Pokemon Go's GAME_MASTER file. The GAME_MASTER file provides critical information to Pokemon Go about the stats and moves of various Pokemon, and acts as a not so secret guide to figuring out which Pokemon are the strongest and which attacks are best.
The big change in the GAME_MASTER file is that all of the "Gen 3" Pokemon now have gender ratios, which is a necessary step needed for the new Pokemon to go live. For comparison's sake, Pokemon Go added the gender ratios for "Gen 2" just one day before the new Pokemon went live.
Technically, Pokemon Go could launch Gen 3 Pokemon right now, although most fans agree that they'd want to add new moves to the game first. The new moves help keep the game from getting too stale and could make some of the new Pokemon more viable in competitive play. Of course, Pokemon Go added Gen 2's moves nearly a month before they added gender ratios, so that argument might be moot.
Other than potentially adding new moves, Gen 3 is technically ready to be launched in its entirety. Now the only thing left to see is whether Pokemon Go launches all the new Pokemon at once, or adds the Ghost-Type Pokemon as a precursor a few months before a wider rollout.
With the new update available, we're expecting some sort of Halloween announcement to happen sometime this week. Get hyped, Pokemon Go fans! Gen 3 could be here in a matter of hours!