Pokémon Go has only been out for a few months but it has already gotten a slew of amazing updates with brand new features that have made the games even better. After getting the widely anticipated buddy Pokemon feature, there are new features on the way.
According to Niantic, there is a new feature coming to gyms in the next update:
As we continue to make improvements to Pokémon GO, we have made an enhancement to the Gym experience for Trainers of all levels. In an upcoming version of Pokémon GO, when training at a friendly Gym, Trainers will be able to bring six Pokémon to battle instead of one. In addition, the CP of the Pokémon you are training against may be temporarily adjusted lower during your training session to generally match your Pokémon’s battle capabilities. No matter what your level, you can now have an impact on your team’s Gym. Walk with your Buddy Pokémon to that nearby landmark and show your Team Leader that you can battle with the best!
The Pokémon GO team
This means that you will be able to train multiple Pokemon at a friendly gym instead of just one. According to an interview in Recode, Niantic CEO John Hanke revealed that trading and player vs player features are also coming soon:
…we’ve said in the past that trading is coming, and player-versus-player battling is something that we talk a lot about internally, and I think it very much is within the spirit of Pokémon Go. So it’s possible you’ll see that as well.
The social aspect of the game would change completely if these features were added and it would make the game a lot more interactive. Another social aspect of the game which Hanke talked about in the interview were live events which will be coming soon.
We had this learning from Ingress that [live events] are really fun and they’re great ways to energize a community, it’s a great way to retain your players over time, keep them interested in the game. We simply haven’t done it so far. Well, it’s only been two months since the launch.
And the crowds have been big, so yeah, we want to make sure that if we go out on an event, that we can adequately handle the number of people who would show up.
There was been speculation that since sponsored Pokestops have started to pop up in the game that the companies with sponsored stops will be the ones hold live events. For example, Mewto might start popping up at your local McDonald’s.