POKEMON GO’S next big update has been revealed, with Niantic also looking poised to launch their next in-game event later this month.
The development team have had a few ideas for how to expand and make Pokemon Go better.
This in the past has included the launch of a new generation of Pocket Monsters, as well as the release of revamped Gyms and Raid battles.
So what future Pokemon Go updates are being cooked up?
Well, according to the Pokemon Company, quite a lot.
Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokemon Company has revealed that there’s going to be a lot more features and content arriving in the future.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Ishihara estimated that Trainers had only seen a small chunk of what will be available when Niantic are done.
It’s been confirmed in the past but the CEO of the Pokemon Company again confirmed that sure-fire features found in other Pokemon games – trading and PvP – are also coming to Pokemon Go.
“We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do, so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokémon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities,” he told Bloomberg.
Ishihara also spoke more on the success of the Pokemon AR game and how the tech could be used in the future.
“With current AR, even if you say Pikachu is there, no one really thinks that. But that reality is just one step away,” he added.
“For example, you’ll be able to find Pikachu, and it can sense this table and jump on it, and you can see its shadow on the table, and then it faces you and starts talking to you. We will see the birth of this reality that is another step up from the current Pokemon Go.
“And I’ve only mentioned the visual aspect, but you can add haptic and rumble technology to that.”
“Voice-activated assistants are increasing. Whether it is Google Home or Amazon or Apple Homepod, there are many of them and we could see these dialogue-based devices give birth of a new form of entertainment.”
Could these be other features made part of Pokemon Go in the future? That would seem only possible if the game can stay popular for years to come.
And one way that’s known to boost interest is by holding new in-game Pokemon Go events.
Fans are hoping that a new one could be just round the corner, following the latest datamine discovery.
A new t-shirt with the logo of the United Nations’ “Global Goals for Sustainable Development” initiative has been reportedly found in the game’s code.
It just so happens that the UN is holding a Global Goals Week from September 16th-23rd and fans are hoping that there will be some kind of worldwide event for PoGo fans to enjoy with it.
Global Goals have featured in Pokemon Go before, giving more credence to the idea.
While there have been plenty of updates and news connected with Legendary Raids recently, Pokemon Go has been missing out on the traditional in-game event for a while.