Niantic CEO discusses Pokemon Go future


Throughout August, 15 million people stopped playing Pokémon Go – at its height in mid-July around 47 million people were playing. That’s the population of Spain. Player numbers likely dropped because of the lack of features in the game – they want trading, tracking but most of all they want PvP battles.

Niantic have stayed quiet about their plans to develop the game, but now that’s it’s mostly worldwide and the major problems with it have been fixed, they’re releasing new features regularly and have been more willing to talk about future plans.

CEO John Hanke teased the future additions, saying: “I have 10 year old son – he’s my Pokémon expert. We play together – he wants to battle his friends in Pokémon Go. Battling is something we talk a lot about. It’s probably something that will make its way onto our roadmap.”

It sounds like they haven’t yet got it scheduled, but it will likely be coming soon.

Hanke also added that further significant updates were very likely, adding: “A lot of what we’re doing with Pokémon we learned through three years of hard work with Ingress and building up that community around the world, maturing that technology, the social aspect of it, the group gameplay, and the events for Ingress are really the lifeblood of that game.I think you can expect to see things like that in Pokémon Go.”

As of yet we have no time frames, but this news is promising for Pokémon Go lovers. Check out some hints for the game below:


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