Pokemon Go trading feature explained by developer Niantic

Pokemon Go trading feature explained by developer Niantic
The GDC (Game Developers Conference) is about to end, but not before we get a couple of new details about some of the new features developer Niantic plans to add to its smash hit, Pokemon Go.

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.

source: Polygon



1. patroni0

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

later this year? that seems too far, they need to build on the recent gen 2 hype still going

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1095; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They are still working on how to implement it. The obvious way would be to either introduce new Points exclusively to trade Or even better add a button at a pokestop that puts you in a Trading Portal. then you can see anyone else in the same portal and trade. Just like in the show when they had to be at the same

3. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I agree, but there needs to be a way for people to get the region locked pokemon without having to leave the country.

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1095; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Sadly their idea is you may happen to stumble upon someone from those regions or someone who ha visited those regions. Good news is instead of everyone having to save $3000 to travel the world, you and you're friends can make a pool and send just one of you to do it then trade it around the neighborhood and sell it to the local kids ;) "hey kid.... hey.. you need a Farfetch'd, I got a good farfetch'd to trade... what you got"

5. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I see the logic of them not wanting to just open up trading worldwide, but I think if they are going to do regional exclusive pokemon, they need to either make them available during special events or something of that nature or rotate them around. every few months.

6. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

What a cheap trash graphics this has.

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