In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Pokemon Go creator John Hanke shared his plans for the future.
The Pokemon franchise is a tough nut to crack and the team working on Pokemon Go are certainly aware of that. Although Niantic, the developers for Pokemon Go, have done well so far, they still have a lot of plans for the future to ensure that they do the most cracking job possible.
If you’re concerned that support for Pokemon Go might die out, you should rest assured knowing that the Niantic development team is discussing features such as PVP battling, trading, and generation 2 Pokemon right now.
PVP Battling and Trading
No true Pokemon game will feel complete without proper battling and trading aspects in place. Whilst Pokemon Go already has a gym battling feature, it’s not quite the same as the original games.
Fortunately, PVP battling is something that’s currently on the drawing board at Niantic’s headquarters and hopefully, there will be a definitive plan set out for such a feature in the near future. As it currently stands, Niantic is trying their hardest to make sure that any included battling feature would be rewarding for hardcore players whilst not taking anything away from the experience of a casual player.
It makes sense that some kind of reward could be handed out for winning battles, but it sounds like whatever that reward may be, it cannot turn the tides of regular gameplay. Hopefully Niantic can put their heads together to come up with a system that works for everybody.
Whilst it may be some time before a PVP battling system is introduced, trading could be right around the corner. Unlike PVP battling, there aren’t any obvious design flaws with trading that could break the current flow of gameplay. John Hanke confirmed in his interview with the Wall Street Journal that a trading system for Pokemon Go is on its way. Like any developer would, John Hanke has unfortunately only given us the Soon™ treatment for the release date.
Generation 2 Pokemon
There wasn’t much mention about generation 2 Pokemon in the new interview, but it’s something that has been on the roadmap for Pokemon Go for some time. Generation 2 Pokemon will include all of the Pokemon featured in the Johto region and the Pokemon Gold & Silver games. Generation 2 includes 100 new Pokemon on top of the original 151 that are already in Pokemon Go.
Some of the Pokemon in generation 2 include evolutions of pre-existing Pokemon, such as an evolution for Onyx and a further evolution for Golbat and Zubat.
Another interesting feature that was originally introduced in generation 2 and has been in Pokemon games ever since is the ability to selectively breed Pokemon together. Each Pokemon from gen 2 onwards is assigned a gender and Pokemon of the same species (or a ditto) can breed to make new Pokemon of that species.
Whilst it’s possible that breeding may not be included alongside the additional 100 generation 2 species in Pokemon Go, many hardcore players believe that such a feature will be introduced into the game.
Generation 2 Pokemon, battling and trading are still a while away, but that hasn’t stopped Niantic from pushing out another update this week.
Update 0.39.0 features a couple of small changes, which I have listed below.
- Capture location: The location where a Pokémon was caught will now be displayed on their information screen.
- Pokémon GO Plus and Incense: Trainers can attempt to capture Pokémon they encounter from using Incense with the Pokémon GO Plus accessory.
- Minor bug fixes
The capture location feature was already present in early versions of Pokemon Go but it was quickly removed to help server performance. It has now been added back in so you’ll be able to see a Google maps snapshot of where you caught each Pokemon.
The second addition will give the Pokemon GO Plus the ability to pick up any Pokemon that spawn on your game from an active Incense.
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