Pokémon GO developer Niantic has confirmed that an upcoming update will finally add collaborative group gameplay features, which will be implemented following next week’s Solstice Event. To prepare for these new features, Gyms will be disabled for a short amount of time. Here’s the official update from the Pokémon GO development team:
To kick things off, we will be hosting the Solstice Event starting on June 13, 2017. This in-game event will feature Fire-type and Ice-type Pokémon, huge XP bonuses for throwing Poké Balls accurately, and discounted Lucky Eggs in the in-game shop. Soon thereafter, you can look forward to a new update focused on collaborative group gameplay features that will get you playing Pokémon GO in fun new ways. In preparation for these exciting features, we’ll be temporarily disabling Gyms for a short period of time.