Pokémon Go witnessed immense popularity at the time of its release in July last year. It was the first game in the industry to collect $1 billion in revenues only six months after the release. However, the augmented reality game produced by Niantic Labs lost a bit of its popularity and the developers should introduce new features that players have constantly been asking for to regain at least a part of its popularity.
Immediately after the release of the game, John Hanke, the CEO of Niantic Labs, announced that they would make Pokémon trading available. This is one social aspect that is specific to games in the Pokémon franchise.
Two months after the release, they suggested that they would make battles between players (player versus player – PvP) available in short time. This, again, would constitute an improvement on the multiplayer features and social aspects of the game. He hinted that they were currently discussing the possibility of the new feature, so fans thought that it would be out soon.
They made fans quite hyped about these new features but, months after they promised the release, there is no sign of the features. The waiting might be over soon. In a recent interview, Hanke claimed that Pokémon trading and PvP battles are on their way.
He explained why the release of these features got delayed. Apparently, they experienced trouble after the release of the game when their servers were overloaded with an unexpected number of people who desperately wanted to become Pokémon masters.
If it wasn’t for the server trouble, at least one of these features would have already been out, together with a system that allowed battles between gyms. This would have been made up the exact game they had in mind when they released Pokémon Go.
Now the big question is if the introduction of these features will be enough to rekindle the players’ interest in the game. Even if Pokémon trading was available, some users might still not be able to complete their Pokédex, since certain Pokémon are available only in some regions.
Also, PvP battles might meet challenges. These battles might have the same limitations as gym takeover battles. These battles hold the risk of becoming boring quite fast with only the strongest Pokémon winning the majority of matches.
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