Pokemon Go trading feature explained by developer Niantic
Since the game was launched last year, players have been dreaming of being able to trade the Pokemon they hunt. At some point, Niantic even confirmed trading would eventually come to Pokemon Go, but details on when and how the feature will work haven't been disclosed.
Luckily, the folks over at Polygon have sat down with Niantic's senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura and learned some tidbits about what's to come for Pokemon Go players.
First off, it looks like the highly-anticipated trade feature won't work the way most of us are expecting. According to Nomura, players will only be able to trade Pokemon with other nearby players.
It appears that Niantic does not want to turn Pokemon Go into an online game where you can just exchange virtually anything you need. The trading feature is now in development at Niantic and will require two players to be close to each other in order to trade Pokemon.
Nomura also said that his team is still trying to find the best solution to trading, one that would make sense for everyone and won't “kill the game.” The trading feature is expected to arrive later this year, so there's still time for improvements.