If you’ve seen the Pokémon Go Super Bowl ad, you know about the end of the commercial when there is a huge crowd of people in Times Square trying to catch Mewtwo. This has a lot of people speculating that there could be a big event at the end of the year that involves catching Mewtwo in New York City.
This probably isn’t going to happen but it is possible that Mewtwo will be added to the game at some point, along with other legendary Pokemon. This is bound to change the game a lot because Mewtwo is incredibly powerful and if everyone had a Mewtwo, it would make the game impossible to play without a Mewtwo which means it wouldn’t be very much fun.
Forbes features an interesting take on the possible addition of Mewtwo and what might happen if he is introduced:
But because of the current gym system, it’s easy to imagine a dystopian future where the entire Pokémon GO world is ruled by the tyranny of hundreds of thousands of Mewtwos. Here’s what I imagine happening:
1) Mewtwo debuts in some sort of big capture event that lets most players catch him, since Niantic doesn’t want to leave anyone out, and wants maximum engagement for the game.
2) Mewtwo is the most powerful Pokémon in the game, a fact that’s already been datamined, and is in keeping with both his handheld history and the very concept of the Pokémon in general.
3) Because of his immense power, everyone’s first instinct is to place Mewtwo in their local gyms, similar to what we see with Dragonite (and Snorlax, Lapras and a few others) right now.
4) The entire gym landscape becomes populated with three, four, five, six Mewtwo gyms, and to kill Mewtwo, many throw their own Mewtwos against them as attackers.
In the original Pokémon series, there is only one Mewtwo but according to a recent datamine, it appears that there will be many that will be added to the game. According to Forbes, here’s how to make sure that the arrival of Mewtwo doesn’t make the game impossible to play:
• You only allow one Mewtwo per gym, but that almost assures every gym will be toplined by one, which is still boring, even if it’s not four-to-five Mewtwos deep
• You don’t allow Mewtwo to be placed in gyms at all, but then everyone will just use him as an attacker to tear down gyms faster than ever, given his innate power
• You don’t allow Mewtwo to defend or attack gyms, but then what’s the point of capturing him at all? There are no wild Pokémon or NPCs to battle in GO, so he would be strictly ornamental.
However, here’s the idea that really might work and would make the game infinitely more fun:
A more complicated suggestion is one I’ve been making for a while now, that Pokémon GO needs an NPC battling system where players square off against tough enemies like handheld gym leaders, Team Rocket or the Elite Four. This would be a way to get use out of “super Pokémon” like the birds or Mewtwo without breaking the player-run gym system. If Mewtwo is banned from player gyms, but a useful tool in a separate part of the game where the player fights NPCs on a weekly basis, that would solve a few problems. But obviously that solution requires adding an entirely new aspect of the game that doesn’t really even have a framework at this point.
The hype for Pokémon Go may have died down but there is still a lot in store for the game and it is bound to change a lot over the next few months and even the next few years. Let’s hope that player vs. player battles or enemies like Team Rocket are added to the game which would make battling so much more fun.