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Pokemon trading and Player vs. Player battles coming to Pokemon Go shortly

Posted: , by Alan F.

Pokemon trading and Player vs. Player battles coming to Pokemon Go shortly
Pokemon Go will soon be updated to include two eagerly awaited new features. Limited trading will soon be made available to Pokemon trainers, and Player vs. Player battles will also become part of the game. The founder and CEO of game developer Niantic, John Hanke, says that both features would have been part of the original launch of the game if not for issues with the server that popped up right around that time.

Hanke says that the two new features will be sent out in OTA updates on a staggered basis. The good news is that the updates will be starting soon, according to the executive. With the trading capability, a trainer will be able to fill the holes in his Pokedex by swapping pocket monsters. How this will work is not clear at this time. Nor are the rules known yet for Player vs. Player battling. Will the victorious trainer be allowed to attempt the capture of a defeated and weakened Pokemon that was just pummeled in battle? These rules will have to be disseminated once the new features are added to the game.

As far as Pokemon Go players and Niantic are both concerned, the trading and fighting can't be added to Pokemon Go soon enough. That's because the trainers are looking for the new features to make the game as fun as it was when it originally launched. And for Niantic, the developer hopes that the new features staunch the bleeding and bring back a large number of Pokemon Go players who got tired of the game and just quit playing.

We wouldn't be surprised to see Pokemon Go grab a second wind once these two features get the green light. Hanke says that some of the upcoming new features will launch in abbreviated form with complete versions coming in the future. That might not sound like good news for those hoping for full Player vs. Player battles and no holds barred trading, but until we see what Niantic is going to push out, there is no sense in guessing what the new features will have and not have.

source: Waypoint

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posted on 14 Feb 2017, 12:47 1

1. Rampage_Taco (Posts: 402; Member since: 17 Jan 2017)


The easiest way to have battling and trading would be to limit it within a pokestop. the players have to be linked to the same stop to battle each other or trade. This would make it so people would still have to leave their houses to play the game and maybe at first limit the amount of trades between trainers

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 14:28 1

4. McLTE (Posts: 922; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This implementation would once again alienate the rural players. So, this is probably the way it will be done.

I finally gave up on the game.. but there is no way I would have gone to a Pokestop over a mile away for my son and I to have a little fun battling.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 21:13

8. cheetah2k (Posts: 1713; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


they promised trading before xmas. but didn't deliver. I've seen this game has fallen off most people's radar's now and into obscurity.. CBF tbh to play it anymore as this is too little too late

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 00:14

12. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 353; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


I'm sure there's at least 2 PA readers who still plays Pokemon.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 14:16

2. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 901; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


I'll believe it when I see it.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 14:27 1

3. XperiaG (Posts: 178; Member since: 06 Jun 2016)


A little too late...

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 15:32

5. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 795; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)


I'll keep saying it. The game should have been more like the original games from the very beginning. After that they should have added features fun the subsequent games.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 21:40

10. Settings (Posts: 2259; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


But then again The Pokémon Company doesn't want Pokemon Go, a spinoff, to overshadow the then upcoming main series games Pokémon Sun and Moon.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 15:44 1

6. aegislash (Posts: 934; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


As someone who has been a Pokemon fan since 1998, I can safely say that Pokemon Go is an absolute joke that puts Pokemon to shame.

I feel so sorry for the people who have only played Go, and will never experience the true magic of Pokemon on Nintendo's handheld consoles. Especially Black/White/Black 2/White 2....easily the greatest Pokemon games of all time.

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 17:18

7. jm405 (Posts: 64; Member since: 22 Mar 2016)


I don't think Pokémon Go was built specifically for the "true" Pokémon fans. It's more of an intro to people who didn't play on the Gameboys and DS's. I still play Pokémon Go with my kids and I hope they keep developing it to something different than the handheld versions. However, I do understand what your saying though. There's nothing like the handheld versions and I want to keep it that way unless Nintendo finally decides to make a console version of Pokémon with the Switch! That would be awesome!!!

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 21:15

9. cheetah2k (Posts: 1713; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


I thought it was more about money grab than anything else. Great concept but zzzzz

posted on 14 Feb 2017, 21:45

11. Settings (Posts: 2259; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Both are true, but I'm leaning more on the money grab side. Now that Nintendo released mobile versions of Mario and Fire Emblem, its not hard to see where Nintendo aiming at.
If they went the premium model, I guess the quality of their games will be at par on its console counterparts.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 00:15 1

13. Nine1Sickness (Posts: 353; Member since: 30 Jan 2011)


The original Red/Blue/Green/Yellow are still the best ever. All newer ones are junk.

posted on 15 Feb 2017, 07:54

14. civicsr2cool (Posts: 111; Member since: 19 Oct 2016)


Trading was a feature in the very first trailer for this game. It is FAR too late to try to bring it in now Niantic.. Great job on ruining a game as usual.

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