I literally just uninstalled Pokemon GO the other day (again). Yes, Niantic have rolled out updates now and again, expanding the number of monsters, adding more berries, and promoting special events. Nevertheless, the game just hasn’t had the same allure as it did a year ago. Now, Niantic Labs seem to be setting themselves up for some substantial updates. What’s in store? Well, trainer battles and Legendary Pokémon for starters.
Niantic’s Mathieu de Fayet spoke to Brazilian paper O Globo about Pokemon GO. They stated that the game has had 650 million downloads, but now only has 65 million active players. The paper then asked de Fayet how Niantic plan to keep people interested. He responded:
Due to the large success of the game, we had to delay some planned innovations. Right now we are working on some that are due to hit this summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), such as giving more value to the choice of the teams, releasing Legendary Pokémon, and introducing PvP.
A year later, the developers of Ingress are poised to finally give players two things they have been clamoring for from the beginning. Trainer battles should inject a fresh sense of personal interaction, beyond just walking around with your buddies. Instead of just taking over the same gyms and catching the same pocket monsters, you’ll be able to find out who among your friends is the most skilled trainer. It also wouldn’t surprise me if a real tournament scene pops up from that update. Just like in the Game Boy version, grab your best Pokemon and battle to be the very best!
A game that charges players with catching them all wouldn’t be complete without the most desirable monsters: Legendaries. Making Lugia, Ho-Oh, and others not only available but also accessible would give people more incentive to get back out there. Instead of being inundated with Caterpies and Pidgeys, trainers would be on the lookout for Zapdos or Suicune. We will see exactly which Legendary Pokemon get released into the wild, and if there will be any region-specific availability.
It used to be that everyone in my neighbourhood – hell, everyone in my entire city – was out playing Pokémon GO every day of the week. I was one of those people for a long time, even after the initial craze wore off. Now, I still see a few people playing here and there on weekends, but it has been some time since I personally attacked a gym or hatched an egg. This news might be just enough for me to download the game once again.
Are you geeks still playing Pokemon GO? If not, is this news enough for you to pick it back up again? Let us know in the comments!