Niantic CEO Hanke talks about adding more Pokemon, Player v. Player battles and more

Niantic CEO Hanke talks about adding more Pokemon, Player v. Player battles and more
Pokemon Go has seen 80% of its paid users vanish as though vaporized by a thunderbolt attack from Pikachu. But the CEO of game developer Niantic, John Hanke, has more up his sleeve than just his wrist. His task is not an easy one; it is harder to revive a mobile game with falling active user numbers than it is to survive a heart attack. Two words prove that: Draw Something.

Last week, Hanke spoke at Disrupt and pointed out the number of large markets where Pokemon Go has yet to launch officially. These areas include Russia, China, and parts of Asia and Africa. China alone could provide a brief spark for Niantic. The executive pointed out that due to the way the game exploded onto the scene, the company's plan to slowly market the game over months was compressed into a two week period that broke all records.

But what about the future? Hanke says that more Pokemon will be added to the game in order to keep it fresh. "It’s always been the intent to gradually introduce more Pokémon into the experience over time," he said. "Some Pokémon are highly coveted and people are going to be really excited when they show up in the game."

Late last month, some Reddit users discovered code in the game that hinted at player vs. player battles, and trading capabilities. These are two of the most highly demanded features from Pokemon Go players. While Hanke didn't address trading, he did discuss the prospects of players battling other players. "Battling is something we talk a lot about," Hanke noted.  "It’ll probably make its way onto the road map, but I don’t have a specific date."

While the initial excitement of the Pokemon Go launch is now reduced to "a small but steady inflow of new users all the time," there are plenty of features that can be added to the game to keep it interesting, exciting and entertaining in the future. And with the social aspects of the game creating friendships, some that will last a lifetime, Pokemon Go fans shouldn't worry about the future of the game.

source: VentureBeat



1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Might be too little too late, might as well redo it entirely, and actually make it a real pokemon game.

2. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Every person I know who had the game has stopped playing....

3. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Most people I know no longer play included me. It is very boring now and your added feature is too slow, the recent buddy is somehow nothing special for most people that capture all the pokemon and your special legend or that Ditto still never appear until now. The time you release probably nobody is playing it already. Also you stop root and jailbreak user is the most dumb decision ever make! Did you know those hack no need root or jailbreak? Another thing a lot user phone can't play but their phone never root, especially happen to China brand phone or lower Android version. What you did just make the games dismiss even faster.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Games that require internet connections almost always prevent block useres from playing with jailbroken and rooted devices.

5. Gatorsrule52

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Not even close to being true. I have mostly "online" games and they all let me play with my rooted phone. I've never seen a block until now

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

not "almost always".. I have played lots of online games, and only 2 of it force me to use hidemyroot

6. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Supercell does it right!

7. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

It's the number one thing people have been asking for since day one.

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

they killed the game their selves for A LOT of people. They done a lot of things since release that has made the community turn against them. Their no communication policy, s**t updates, no response to customer refund emails. It took a mass community on Reddit to unionize a mass refund through google/apple to get them to do anything. s**t updates, minor updates, removes their tracking system and attacks third parties who fix their poor developed game

10. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

They did one thing right... make me return to my pokemon games on GBA/NDS/3DS

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