John Hanke, Niantic’s CEO was recently interviewed and he revealed the direction Pokemon Go will be taking in 2017. One of the things fans have to look forward to is the introduction of Legendary Pokemon.
In an interview with German division of Wired, Hank teased that big things are coming. He spoke about three specific things: a big update for Pokemon Go, Legendary Pokemon, and fixes to cheating. He went on to share that there are two major features being improved.
First, avenues for playing together and gym battles in Pokemon Go will be getting an upgrade. They plan on capitalizing on cooperation and maximizing common goals.
Secondly, he admitted that the gym battles are limited and they will be overhauling this “to ensure more teamwork and to give people a bigger incentive to receive the rewards from gym battles.”
Legendary Pokemon Coming To Pokemon Go
Hanke revealed that there has been a demand for Legendary Pokemon which include Mew, Mewtwo along with the Bird Trio of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. The executive detailed, “I can say with certainty that we will see more of that this year.”
From the look of things, Niantic is looking to keep things under wraps. Hanke didn’t provide a lot of details but expect that Trio could finally be catchable within the game.
Following its massive release last year, one of the biggest criticisms of the game is the lack of meaningful content, noted WGTC. Even though the game’s fundamental goal is the collection of the characters, for many it wasn’t enough to sustain continued gameplay. Hopefully, for Niantic, the expansion of Gym Battles and other scheduled updates can lure gamers back into the loop.
Likewise, there have been a lot of issues regarding cheating players. With some gamers reportedly able to exploit the system, Hanke made excuses and took on the blame, published Techno Buffalo. He admitted that people who are able to penetrate the system are only able to do so because his team missed something.
I don’t think it’s the user’s fault when an app or a website offers him a shortcut. It’s our responsibility to prevent those things or to not make them harder than they currently are.” He added he wished people didn’t resort to this because they’re not experiencing the game’s fullest potential.
In order to increase collection of Pokemon, gamers have looked to trackers to identify hot spots. After Niantic removed the specific feature, gamers have turned to third-party applications.