John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, the developer of Pokémon GO, has talked about the launch of the game during Comic-Con and also about new features that are coming soon . Among the new features that the director assures that we will see: new Pokémon, trade of Pokémon between players and new leaders of the three teams of the game.
The first announcement of Pokémon GO was the new team leaders. As you can see from the picture below, the new characters are Candela (Team Courage, Red), Blanche (Team Wisdom, Blue) and Spark (Team Instinct, Yellow).
About the Pokémon, Hanke claims that at this time there are only a certain number of creatures. He claims that there are some rare ones that have not yet been seen in the game, but that will arrive soon . In addition, he also commented that in the future others will continue to arrive, so it seems that it will be difficult to have our Pokédex complete for a long time thanks to the “extensions” that the title will receive.
The trade of Pokémon between players is another feature they are working on . The CEO says that it’s still early to launch something like this, as they must first make sure that they can keep the servers stable. Still, he doesn’t rule out seeing it in the future and it would certainly be a very attractive feature for the game and could allow players to socialize more and not simply walk around with their nose in the iPhone.
Regarding the priorities, the executive assured that the improvements in gyms and PokéParadas are at the highest point . The CEO assures that they are working on objects that can change the functions of a PokéParada or give the possibility to customize them.
Niantic, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo should take advantage of the pull the game is having right now . They’ve achieved something that no other title has ever achieved before and if they want to continue there in a few weeks time they need to get their act together and start adding new features to the game that will keep players engaged for longer. After all, there are already people who have managed to capture all the Pokémon, so there’s little incentive for them to keep playing if there aren’t new features soon.