Pokemon Go update news: Trading confirmed as next big project

Written by Kamil Arli

Pokemon Go developer Niantic have been more forthcoming of late with their plans for new Android and Apple updates, the latest being how trading is set to be used.

A future Pokemon Go update is set to include new trading features that will help make the game incredibly playable again in the city but will likely hit rural players and could even risk breaking the popular app if not done right.

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It has now been confirmed that Niantic are working on a new Pokemon Go update that will bring trading to the game.

And while this will probably propel the game to new heights in the city, not much will change for rural players.

Living in the country is going to give you a major headache

This is due to how trading within the game will work, essentially allowing players to trade only with those in their proximity.

As great as that will be for city dwellers, it appears that once again, living in the country is going to give you a major headache.

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It’s clear that Pokemon Go is built for the urban sprawl but there was hope that Niantic would go with some form of internet-based trading system when it was finally launched.

This has been confirmed a no-go by Niantic this week, with senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura confirming at GDC how things are going to work.

There will be no internet option

There will be no internet option, proximity will be key, the apparent reason for this is that “you shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokemon with someone who is 100 miles away from you.”

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“We’re still trying to come up with an answer [to trading] that makes sense so it doesn’t kill the game,” he added

“If we fail this, we can easily kill the game.”

It’s fair to see why Niantic would so cautious with such a big feature as trading, it could potentially open up the game to a whole range of new exploits that will lead to balancing issues and frustrations.


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