The 3 most requested features in Pokémon Go are coming ‘soon,’ Niantic confirms
Since it was released last summer, Pokémon Go has become a cultural phenomenon and generated an estimated $1 billionfor the game’s creator, Niantic Labs.
But early server issues, a string of buggy updates, and the delay of promised new features have since caused Pokémon Go to sink on the App Store’s charts.
NIANTIC HAS STOKED RENEWED INTEREST IN THE GAME WITH HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS
Niantic has stoked renewed interest in the game with holiday promotions, but its core fans are still waiting on two big features: Pokémon trading and player-versus-player battles.
Niantic CEO John Hanke confirmed in a recent interview with Waypoint that both features are “going to be done soon.” Hanke said creature trading and player-versus-player battles would have already been released if it weren’t for the game’s early server strains.
SERVERS CONTINUED TO STRUGGLE AS MILLIONS WENT OUT CHASING POKEMON
“Servers continued to struggle as millions went out chasing Pokémon; but Hanke stresses that launching in the summer of 2016, before every feature was truly ready, was ‘probably the right thing to do.’ But the patching and bug-fixing of those first few months did stall the work on other parts of the app that Niantic had considered essential — and still does.
“These include monster trading and player-versus-player battles. These are on the way, says Hanke, who adds that if the servers hadn’t been so sketchy at launch, at least one of them would already be out there, likewise a gym battle system, supplementing what he feels is a ‘rudimentary’ version of the game they envisioned.
ITS GOING TO BE DONE SOON
“‘It’s going to be done soon,’ he says. ‘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.'”
Hanke also confirmed that Niantic plans to host real-world events that correlate with the game, which means players will eventually be able to catch ultrarare Pokémon like Mewtwo and the three “legendary” birds.
Pokémon Go recently unleashed several new creatures from the second generation of the original Pokémon games, but dozens still haven’t been released into the wild.