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Trading, Expanded Gyms Coming to Pokemon Go

by Kimberly Keller - July 12, 2016, 12:21 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Game Informer, Business Insider

Niantic's founder reveals his plans for the future of the game.

Trading has been confirmed as a planned feature of Pokémon Go, coming "fairly soon in the future" according to Niantic founder, John Hanke. In interviews with Game Informer and Business Insider, Hanke elaborated on the future improvements coming to the game.

He agreed that trading has always been seen as a "core element" of the series and is excited to bring it to the mobile platform. Trading will encourage players to interact more with other trainers in the virtual and real world, something Hanke believes is important to the experience.

The game will be also be seeing constant updates, possibly biweekly, to keep up with small and large improvements.

PokéStops and gyms will be expanded in the future similar to how lures currently modify PokéStops. While no specifics were given, the new functionality should "shape them and add functionality to them by [trainers] working collaboratively together".

Other future improvements may include a global leadership board, further AR improvements for current devices, and possibly support for gadgets like Google Glass and Microsoft's HoloLens.

The first of many updates arrived today, for iOS devices, and promised to reduce crashes and more.

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