The Gym Guide, that guy traditionally found near the entrance of every gym in the past games, has a new role in the upcoming Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee. Where they would traditionally offer tips and hints for the user about the type of Pokémon the gym specializes in and its leader, the Gym Guide now has entrance requirements for challenging the gym.
As an example, he asks you to present him either a Grass-type or Water-type Pokémon if you want to challenge Brock in your first gym battle. While the requirement is obviously meant to help new players, it does take a little more of the freedom of creating your team out of the game.
As a long time Pokémon fan, the most interesting part of this to me is the requirement itself. Other than the Kanto starters, there aren’t any Grass-type or Water-type Pokémon traditionally found along Route 1, Route 2 or the Viridian Forrest so that seems like its going to change.