Trading and player vs. player battles have been two highly anticipated features ever since Pokemon Go came out last year especially because these features appeared in the initial trailer. John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, confirmed that these two features are coming. In an interview with Vice’s Waypoint, Hanke said at least one of these features would have been out already had it not been for the game’s initial server issues.
“It’s going to be done soon,” Hanke said about the new features. “It is what it is. 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. We’re really happy to make our users happy.”
It’s easy to forget how much the game has changed since it came out less than a year ago. We have Buddy Pokemon, a much better tracking system, baby Pokemon, and that’s just the beginning. Niantic is definitely expanding the capabilities of the Pokemon-world by introducing PvP battles and Trading in the near future.
“The priority for Pokémon Go now is to build in features that reward co-operative gameplay, offering more depth than just the capturing mechanic,” Hanke said.
Hanke explained that that some of these new features will be launched soon in “an abbreviated form” while Niantic will still be working on more complete versions. The company also wants to hold more events for the game, on a global scale, although it can be argued that users rather beat them to the punch.
“It’s going to be done soon,” Hanke said. “It is what it is. 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. We’re really happy to make our users happy.”
While Hanke confirmed that these events are on their way, he did not exactly say when. Without player vs. player battles, Hanke admitted that the current Pokemon GO remains a “rudimentary” version of their vision. Pokemon fans probably feel the same way considering the way it has fallen from popularity. However, the amount of users playing the game initially is not the sort of engagement that can be kept up for long periods of time. Even when the Gen 2 Pokemon come (they’re supposed to come this week) and when trading and player vs. player battles come along, the game will never be able to compete with its original numbers. However, they are on their way to make it back to the top.