‘Pokemon Go’ Updates: Niantic Designer Describes Pokemon Trading As Pandora’s Box

By RG Ferrer, Posted: 03/21/17 05:00AM EDT
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Avid "Pokemon Go" players have been hoping to see more features added to the mobile gaming app that will increase its playability. Recently, a member of Niantic's development team shared some of his thoughts about the game's highly awaited Pokemon trading.

Niantic already introduced several improvements and special events to enhance the gameplay elements of its hit mobile gaming app "Pokemon Go." More than six months after the game was released, players have seen changes to in-game egg hatching rules, introduction of Gen 2 Pokemon, and deployment of holiday-themed challenges or treats. Gamers can expect to see more changes coming this 2017 with major updates set to be unveiled every quarter.

One of these expected changes would be the addition of Pokemon trading to "Pokemon Go." Niantic's tech artist and designer David Hollin talked about the said feature in a recent panel where he shared that the team is taking its "sweet time" with the development process, Game Rant quoted the designer as saying.

Comparing the Pokemon trading feature in "Pokemon Go" to a Pandora's box, the Niantic tech artist explained that the team is trying to avoid introducing something that can be used to exploit the game. The team's slow yet steady approach to developing the said feature will help in that area, according to Hollin.

The Niantic designer also commented on potentially introducing a restrictive Pokemon trading feature to "Pokemon Go." Similar to how the said feature was set up in old "Pokemon" gaming titles for the Game Boy where players need to stand beside each other to exchange Pokemon characters, Hollin indicated that it was something that he would like to see replicated in the mobile gaming app.

At this point, it is unclear if Niantic will design a Pokemon trading feature similar to what Hollin described. However, "Pokemon Go" Senior Product Manager Tatsuo Nomura echoed the said tech artist's sentiments. Nomura told Polygon in an earlier interview that the game's Pokemon exchange will not happen through the internet and players would need to be in close proximity to each other to enjoy the said feature.

Nomura also mentioned that Niantic's development team is still exploring how to correctly and effectively set-up Pokemon trading in "Pokemon Go." He added, "If we fail this, we can easily kill the game."



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