Future iPhone 'Pokemon Go' updates to include 'abbreviated' trading, PvP battling

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In an interview, "Pok?mon Go" developer Niantic's claims that trading and player-versus-player battles are in development, and will be available to players incrementally over a few updates soon to come to the title.




"It has far surpassed our expectations in just turning everybody onto the potential for games that break out of the screen," Niantic CEO John Hanke said in an interview with Vice. "But the priority for 'Pok?mon Go' now is to build in those things that reward co-operative gameplay, and make experiences available that offer more depth than just the capturing mechanic."

The primary criticisms of "Pok?mon Go'" at launch, beyond rickety servers under massive player load, were the lack of a trading mechanic, no way to fight the stables of creatures collected in game-play, and only the original 151 Pokemon able to be collected. "Generation Two" Pokemon are arriving soon, and so are battles and trading initially in an "abbreviated form."

"It's going to be done soon, It is what it is," said Hanke. "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."

Pok?mon Go is a joint effort between Niantic and the various companies responsible for the Pok?mon intellectual property, including Nintendo. Even after a rocky start, with widespread server problems, the game was estimated to have generated $600 million in revenue in the middle of October, and is still generating about $2 million a day.

The biggest gaming launch of 2016, "Pok?mon Go" has seen a high rate of consumer spending, reaching an estimated $950 million by the end of 2016 across both the App Store and Google Play. The game's meteoric rise meant it exceeded $800 million in revenue in 110 days, less than half the time of "Candy Crush Saga," a third of the time taken by "Puzzle & Dragons," and less than a quarter of how long it took "Clash of Clans" to reach the same level.

As of Feb. 14, Pokemon Go is sitting at the 8th top grossing spot, nearly eight months after initial release.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    wigbywigby Posts: 688member
    Are people still playing this?

    Steve Jobs would've never allowed this.

    Tim Cook needs to be fired.

    Apple is doomed.

    Is AI the Pokemon site now?


    Now that we got that out of the way, can we begin the real discussion?



    edited February 2017 radarthekatwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    It's funny watching Pokemon newbies thinking the game is only about hoarding Pokemon and oblivious oblivious to the favt one of the biggest elements of the game is missing. It's a huge hole. 
  • Reply 3 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,786member
    PIKA!!!!
    macmcapple
  • Reply 4 of 8
    What is the missing element? Team Rocket has to make an appearance at least once a day and try to capture your Pikachu? Prepare for trouble! Make it double!
    macmcapple
  • Reply 5 of 8
    What is the missing element? Team Rocket has to make an appearance at least once a day and try to capture your Pikachu? Prepare for trouble! Make it double!
    Meaningful Pokemon battles would be a missing feature that I can think of.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    macmcapplemacmcapple Posts: 8unconfirmed, member
    wigby said:
    Are people still playing this?

    Steve Jobs would've never allowed this.

    Tim Cook needs to be fired.

    Apple is doomed.

    Is AI the Pokemon site now?


    Now that we got that out of the way, can we begin the real discussion?



    Yes. Everyone who likes to have fun and go outside and have a good time and go on adventures is playing it instead of complaining about things on the internet.

    Steve Jobs would have played it.

    Yes Tim Cook needs to be fired and we need another Steve. But there will never be another Steve so we're stuck with Tim until he screws up bad enough to be replaced or dies of HIV.

    Microsoft is Doomed.

    AI is the "Tim Cook receives another award for being gay... YAY!" site now and the "Save $2 on a $5000 mac" site now.

    Now we got that out of the way. Let's forget the discussion, politics, issues, comment trolls and go outside and have some fun playing POKÉMON!
    edited February 2017
  • Reply 7 of 8
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,786member
    wigby said:
    Are people still playing this?

    Steve Jobs would've never allowed this.

    Tim Cook needs to be fired.

    Apple is doomed.

    Is AI the Pokemon site now?


    Now that we got that out of the way, can we begin the real discussion?



    Yes. Everyone who likes to have fun and go outside and have a good time and go on adventures is playing it instead of complaining about things on the internet.

    Steve Jobs would have played it.

    Yes Tim Cook needs to be fired and we need another Steve. But there will never be another Steve so we're stuck with Tim until he screws up bad enough to be replaced or dies of HIV.

    Microsoft is Doomed.

    AI is the "Tim Cook receives another award for being gay... YAY!" site now and the "Save $2 on a $5000 mac" site now.

    Now we got that out of the way. Let's forget the discussion, politics, issues, comment trolls and go outside and have some fun playing POKÉMON!

    You obviously didn't get the sarcasm Wigby was displaying.... **sighs**
  • Reply 8 of 8
    macmcapplemacmcapple Posts: 8unconfirmed, member
    macxpress said:
    wigby said:
    Are people still playing this?

    Steve Jobs would've never allowed this.

    Tim Cook needs to be fired.

    Apple is doomed.

    Is AI the Pokemon site now?


    Now that we got that out of the way, can we begin the real discussion?



    Yes. Everyone who likes to have fun and go outside and have a good time and go on adventures is playing it instead of complaining about things on the internet.

    Steve Jobs would have played it.

    Yes Tim Cook needs to be fired and we need another Steve. But there will never be another Steve so we're stuck with Tim until he screws up bad enough to be replaced or dies of HIV.

    Microsoft is Doomed.

    AI is the "Tim Cook receives another award for being gay... YAY!" site now and the "Save $2 on a $5000 mac" site now.

    Now we got that out of the way. Let's forget the discussion, politics, issues, comment trolls and go outside and have some fun playing POKÉMON!

    You obviously didn't get the sarcasm Wigby was displaying.... **sighs**
    You obviously didn't get my sarcasm... It was a sarcastic satire filled response to Wigby's rather dramatic comment.
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