Niantic Labs confirms most requested features coming to Pokémon GO

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Player activity on Pokémon GO has been down recently even with the current Valentine’s Day event running which gives you more chances to catch “pink” colored creatures and receive more candies after catching them too. But, with some future updates that have been confirmed by John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs himself, several major features are coming to the game, and these major requested updates will be coming out “soon.”

What people have been waiting for is the ability to trade with other people and battle others to really become the very best like no one ever was. And “soon” they will be getting what they have asked for all along, but it took a bit more time than what Niantic was hoping. Part of the reason for the delay for trading and PvP battles were strains on the servers. Another feature that folks have been wanting is the ability to catch the three legendary birds and Mewtwo. That has also been confirmed by Hanke for plans to host real-world events that correlate with the game.

John Hanke’s excerpt from the interview with Waypoint.

Servers continued to struggle as millions went out chasing Pokémon; but Hanke stresses that launching in the summer of 2016, before every feature was truly ready, was ‘probably the right thing to do.’ But the patching and bug-fixing of those first few months did stall the work on other parts of the app that Niantic had considered essential — and still does.

These include monster trading and player-versus-player battles. These are on the way, says Hanke, who adds that if the servers hadn’t been so sketchy at launch, at least one of them would already be out there, likewise a gym battle system, supplementing what he feels is a ‘rudimentary’ version of the game they envisioned.

‘It’s going to be done soon,’ he says. ‘It is what it is. 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.’

Is this enough proof that trading and PvP battles will finally come to Pokémon GO and draw you back in? Are you excited that you finally may be able to catch some legendary Pokémon? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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