Player battles and trading Pokemon have been staples of the game pretty much since its inception. Pokemon GO trainers have been wondering when they’ll get the chance to fight each other and otherwise interact. Well, according to Niantic CEO John Hanke, the wait may be coming to a close.
In his interview with Waypoint, John Hanke shared some of the plans that Niantic have for the future of Pokemon GO. Fortunately for all dedicated trainers, we might finally be getting some much-anticipated features, including PvP battles and Pokemon trading. Considering that those two features largely define the way Pokemon works, it’s about time.
Pokemon GO is rife with possibilities for inter-player interaction, and Niantic are aware of this. That’s why they promised the above features months ago. John Hanke blames server issues for the delay, basically saying that they weren’t prepared for the enormous influx of players on Day One. Or, in his own words:
I’ll take the massive wave of hysteria we enjoyed, and just deal with the fact that it’s caused us to take a bit longer to get the rest of the features up.
Of course, some trainers are still skeptical, and understandably so. But, Niantic have always delivered, so I’m sure they’ll implement the features as soon as possible. They seem very set on building up the multiplayer aspect of Pokemon GO.
The priority for Pokémon Go now is to build in features that reward co-operative gameplay, offering more depth than just the capturing mechanic.
Another focus for Niantic will be the events that their app has become famous for. So far, they managed to deliver on every single holiday (well, except maybe the Valentine’s Day event). However, as Mr Hanke points out, it’s not easy to make the events as huge as Pokemon GO demands. After all, even with the dwindling player base, the game is still enormous.
As long as Niantic keep improving and adding to Pokemon GO, I don’t think there’s any reason to worry about the game’s future. Two new game features will certainly bring more players. Odds are good that that might even bring back a lot of lapsed players. Hopefully, we’ll get to see the new stuff soon.