It hasn’t been long since Niantic released the long-awaited Buddy System, but that doesn’t appear to be the only major features being added. Niantic is planning to add a couple other long-awaited features soon. These additional features include a possible multiplayer battle option and in-game trading system.
Pokémon GO Trading System
The President of Niantic Labs, John Hanke has announced that they are working on the Pokémon GO trade system. The trading rules are actually contained within Niantic’s Terms of Service already, so we can only assume the implementation will be soon. However, Niantic Labs has not provided an official release date for the upcoming feature update.
Pokémon GO Multiplayer Battle Feature
The trade system is not the only new feature being tossed around. According to Wall Street Journal, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the Pokémon Company’s CEO confirmed they are also working on implementing a Pokémon Go multiplayer battle mode. He also stated Niantic Labs is on a strict timeline for the games new feature updates to make sure players do not get “overwhelmed”.
Archit Bhargava, a representative for Niantic has reported that they have played and tested with the Pokémon Go multiplayer battle mode already. According to GameSpot, they remained optimistic, but said it is far from being complete.
Pokémon Go Multiplayer Battle System Details
At the moment, it would seem that Niantic has the plans of releasing the multiplayer battle system, but are still tweaking it and trying to figure out the best way to add the multiplayer battle mode into the Pokémon Go app.
One method would be to allow two players from opposing teams enter a gym battle to take down the gym defender of the third team. However, it was reported by Bharagava that Niantic is still in the process of exploring their options with how the multiplayer battle mode will work.
Pokémon Go Expansion
When Pokémon Go was released, the global phenomenon shocked Nintendo and Niantic Labs, with more than 500 million downloads worldwide. At this time, the only major countries that do not have access to Pokémon go include South Korea and China. Ishihara would like Pokémon Go to be available in these areas, but at this time it just is not possible. This is due to their national security laws having limitations on Google Maps, which is required for playing Pokémon Go.