Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm and looks on course to be the most profitable mobile game of all time. CEO and founder of Niantic, John Hanke sat down with Chris Hardwick, founder of Nerdist, at Comic-Con in San Diego in front of over six thousand fans. They talked about new PokeStops and Pokemon among other issues affecting the game.
The CEO talked about altering the functionality of PokeStops to increase the uses and benefits of PokeStops in the game. Currently, PokeStops are just places you go to collect items in the game where you can also place lures to attract Pokemon to the PokeStop.
He said that they are going to come up with items which players can use to turn PokeStops into healing centers for their Pokemon.
“That’s a pretty cool idea that you can acquire an object that changes the function of a PokeStop and gives it a new ability. One of those functions might be turning them into healing pokecenters, “-John Hanke.
Niantic has also come up with a support forum where players can request for the addition of PokeStops. You just need to submit the address where you wish one to be created giving reasons why you need it there. Trainers can also report PokeStops that appear in dangerous areas or encroach on private property so that they can be taken down.
At the moment, trainers can only catch 142 of the original 151 Pokemon in the United States. Three of the remaining nine Pokemon can only be found in certain international regions while elusive ones like Mew, Ditto and Mewtwo are currently not available. The three legendary birds i.e. Zapdos, Moltres, and Articuno are also yet to be spotted.
However, John Hanke said that they are going to add more Pokemon from later generations. It is believed that these Pokemon will be from the over 700 featured in the popular anime Pokemon series. There was also a rumor doing rounds that a rare Pokemon will appear at Comic-Con; however, Hanke was quick to dismiss the idea.
Another feature also said to be in the works is Pokemon trading, which was popular in the game boy versions of the game. Its omission from Pokemon Go came as a shock to many as it was quite an integral part of the game back in the day. Trainers will be able to trade and acquire Pokemon specific to certain regions, like the Kangaskhan of Australia, without having to make trips across the globe.
Reports suggest that players might need to have NFC enabled phones to use the trading feature of the game when it’s eventually added to Pokemon Go. NFC allows smart phones close to each other to exchange data, and this is believed to be the concept behind the trading.
All these new features will be added to the game eventually; however, it seems we’re in for a bit of waiting if the words of Niantic’s CEO are anything to by.
“I don’t have a date for you.We’re working really hard to keep the servers up and running. We’re working on it, but its gonna take a little longer,”-John Hanke, founder of Niantic.