What Could Be Next for Pokemon Go?
Ryan Bloom / Jul 22nd, 2016 No Comments
Pokemon Go has already proved to be a massive success, garnering millions of users and raising Nintendo’s stock.
One dedicated Pokemon Go player has already caught them all, according to a post on Reddit. So what happens now? In a game that is all about hunting down and catching creatures, what else is there to do?
Aside from the act of tracking down Pokemon and occasionally battling them at gyms, there isn’t much to Pokemon Go. But is that the entire plan? A trailer for the game that was released in September 2015 may hint that Niantic has more in store for the AR title.
Collect and Trade
Every Pokemon Go player has a collection of Zubats and Pidgeys stocked up, but getting uncommon Pokemon can be a difficult task that involves visiting different geographic locations. Rather than forcing every Pokemon trainer to visit other areas, it would make sense that players could trade their Pokemon with others.
Around the 1:05 mark at the trailer above, trading is featured. Could this soon be coming to Pokemon Go?
Trading would be a fun way for users to interact with each other, especially those who have geographic access to specific Pokemon types. For instance, water types can typically be found near large bodies of water, such as oceans and lakes. If you live near a beach and are constantly collecting water type Pokemon, why not trade with a friend who has uncommon grass types?
This could also be a great way to trade evolved forms of Pokemon without having to continually transfer weak monsters for candy.
The trailer hints that Niantic may be considering adding this feature in future updates.
Live Events Coming to Pokemon Go?
Legendary Pokemon have proven to be elusive thus far. No player has reported finding Pokemon such as Mewtwo, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. But does this mean these rare, awesome Pokemon are not in the game?
The 1:59 mark of the trailer may showcase no Pokemon Go player has caught these characters yet.
In the trailer, you see a countdown at Times Square in New York. This counts down to a timed battle against Mewtwo, with hundreds of players participating in the trailer. Once Mewtwo is weakened, he is caught, seemingly by all the players participating.
Could this be how Niantic introduces legendary Pokemon into Pokemon Go? It would be interesting to see how live events like this would work and the mass hysteria they could cause. Would these events take place only in large cities at announced times, or could legendary Pokemon appear anywhere?
With players already organizing their own Pokemon hunting gatherings, there is no doubt that live events would draw the interest of users.
There may be a lot more to Pokemon Go than is seen on the surface. While you can level up your trainer and catch Pokemon now, the game has the potential — and maybe the plans — to become much more.
Plans for trading and live events are hinted at in the trailer, but there could also be plans in the works for additional features, such as breeding. Currently, Pokemon Go is all about catching them all, but it could quickly become a full blown real-life RPG.
tags: opinion , pokemon , Pokémon Go