Pokemon GO is quickly becoming a worldwide pastime, and developer Niantic has announced new features that will be coming to the game.
By now, you’ve most likely become acquainted with Pokemon GO. Trainers all over the world are booting up the game, traveling on foot or vehicle, and scouring the world over for elusive and rare Pokemon alike. The game has broken a record, according to Apple: Pokemon GO has the most downloads ever in its first week of release. With something as monumental as this, it’s no doubt that Niantic has plans to expand on the formula of success.
In addition to the Pokemon GO craze, Comic-Con 2016 took place this weekend. Along with all of your cosplay, television, and gaming needs, this event also plays home to major news concerning updates that are to be released. Pokemon GO is no exception, as Niantic has revealed plans to expand on the base game.
In a report by IGN, Niantic’s John Hanke conducted an informative panel at Comic-Con. While we know that Pokemon GO has many Pokemon that have yet to be included, Hanke made it known that there are plans to bring in more Pokemon to the mix.
There are currently around 151 Pokemon to be caught. That’s quite a lot of Pokemon that span the world, and users are ambitious in attempting to capture them all. There are even users who have claimed to have caught all of the Pokemon currently available in Pokemon GO. If the effort put into catching Pokemon currently is any indication, Niantic plans to give trainers an even greater goal in attempting to catch every pocket monster to add to their collection.
Hanke made it known that the goal is to continue adding Pokemon over the course of the following months into the following years. This is to be expected, as multiple generations are available to players new and old. Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur are only one set of available starters in the Pokemon series. With each version, new and more powerful Pokemon are added to the overall roster.
Another plan of expansion comes with the ability to customize Pokestops. You can find these at set locations across your map, appearing as blue squares that hold goodies for trainers who access them. These goodies usually hold Pokeballs and other useful items, allowing players to continue their journey unhindered across the globe. The only problem with Pokestops appears to be that they are inconveniently placed for many users. If a player is lucky, Pokestops will be available in a close proximity. For others, a Pokestop may be a great distance away and ultimately decrease the effectiveness of Pokemon hunting.
Hanke mentioned that Pokemon GO would improve on the Pokestop functionality. Players will allegedly be able to customize their Pokestops to be able to build up a given area. There’s also the idea of using items to change a Pokestop’s functionality. Whatever the case, one can hope that more of these safe havens will be made available so that players can make better use of them.
Unfortunately, there appears to be no set date on when Pokemon trading will be made available. Hanke weighed in on the matter, advising that keeping servers functional is at the top of their priority list.
“I’m sorry, I don’t have a date for you (for trading),” Hanke stated. “We’re working really hard to keep the servers up and running… It’s at the top of our priority list.”
Despite the issues with Pokemon GO, it’s nice to know that Niantic is looking to keep servers stable while also focusing on more content in the future.
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