Recently, Pokemon GO won the award for Best Mobile and Handheld Game at the BAFTA Game Awards. In a thank-you post on their blog, Niantic hinted at “new cooperative social gameplay experiences”, now that spring has arrived to the northern hemisphere. According to them, over 65 million people still play Pokemon GO.
To absolutely nobody’s surprise, The British Academy of Film, Television and Arts awarded Best Mobile and Handheld Game to Pokemon GO. This is the latest in a fairly long list of accolades both from the industry and outside of it. Even though the player base has dwindled significantly since the initial launch, it’s still a very popular game comparatively, with over 65 million active players (according to the developers).
In a blog post on the Niantic website, Niantic issued a thank-you to the community for the support. The post also promises new things to come this spring, now that warmer weather has (kinda) arrived to the north of the globe. Here’s a snippet from the post.
We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine.
It’s anybody’s guess as to what this will ultimately mean in practice. There have been some rumors of a rework of how Teams work, so maybe that’s what it means. Perhaps we’ll be able to have more co-op play with other trainers in-app. Either way, it’s even more reason to get excited over the upcoming Easter holidays and what they might introduce to the game.