Pokemon GO: Niantic Teases Multiplayer Gyms

John Hanke

John Hanke

Pokemon GO is in a constant state of improvement with new features being added to the roster as well as new creatures to appease users around the globe.

While past its heyday last summer, when some small businesses and landmarks had complained of disruptive crowds, the game has seen renewed interest after last month's addition of 80 Pokemon and in-game events set around holidays like Halloween and soon, Easter. Developers Niantic has confirmed that these features will be arriving at some point in the near future, it was also unveiled that the legendary Pokemon will start to release into the wild before the end of this year according to the company's CEO John Hanke.

Legendary Pokemon are one of the most anticipated addition by the players in Pokemon GO. They wouldn't be "legendary" if they were as common as Rattata and Pidgey...

Pokemon GO launched past year, and in spite of everything (everything here meaning a developer simply not ready for the massive popularity of the game), it has largely managed to remain popular and relevant.

One of the biggest problems that plagued the Pokemon GO AR game after its initial hype was the lack of variety of monsters, despite the original game itself having hundreds. Unfortunately, there have been no hints or clues since on how any of the Legendary Pokemon will appear in the game.

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Instead, Niantic Labs would want "Pokemon Go" players to meet up personally and trade Pokemons rather than doing in online.

"John and Sam will look at ways that technology can pull people out of their homes and encourage them to "rediscover" public spaces, generating foot traffic, economic activity and cultural awareness in redeveloping neighbourhoods." reads a portion of the keynote description.

However, news of that sought failed to surface, meaning will just have to wait and see what comes next after the Pokemon Go Plus. Making them fit into the game's overall lore is another.

How you incorporate those elements in a game that spans the whole real-world planet with thousands of players is definitely going to be a game design challenge.

There is now no word on how far Niantic may have gotten in bringing these new devices to the market, it was rumoured at the start of the year that the tech company was close to making an announcement on the subject.

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