Pokemon Go's next big update will feature an overhaul to the game's gym system. In an interview with Wired's German website, Niantic CEO John Hanke admitted that Pokemon Go's gyms are underwhelming and said one of the game's three "major updates" will focus on improving the game mechanic. "There is very limited gameplay in the gyms," Hanke told the magazine. "They simply do not work as well as we would like." The overhauled gym system will focus more on teamwork and provide larger rewards for participating.
Hanke also confirmed that Legendary Pokemon would make an appearance in the game in 2017. "I can safely say we'll see more of them this year," he told Wired. Hanke also said that Niantic would continue to fight GPS spoofing and cheating, noting that it was Niantic's responsibility to curb cheaters to help preserve the game experience for fans.
When asked why Pokemon Go felt so incomplete when it first came out last year, Hanke claimed that it was largely due to limited resources. Hanke said they only had $35 million in funding and an accelerated schedule to release a playable version of teh game. He also noted that they wanted to build momentum, as Pokemon Go had been in development for years and he felt it was "time to make an impression."
You can read Wired's full interview here, although it is in German.