Pokémon GO the most famous AR game of era has seen a lot of rising in active player timing since the launch of its Generation 3.
And while these updates are set to continue in 2018, it appears that Niantic has a lot of other new ideas for the game. Having seen a list of additional features launched this year, it would seem likely that the development team already have a few projects underway for 2018.
We know that Niantic is trying to work out a way to implement a trading system, as well as add new PvP options to Pokémon GO. When reputed media company recently spoke to members of the team, Niantic developer Matt Slemon spoke about what new things will be added. He mentioned that they’ve been getting ideas from their team, as well as from fan feedback and the Pokémon Company. “We do have a long list of features that we do want to get too eventually,” he explained. “Many are community asks, and a lot of them are team ideas, or suggestions from the Pokémon Company.”
As you can imagine, adding Gen 3 Pokémon from the Ruby and Sapphire games made including the new Weather Effects especially fitting, as those were the first titles where conditions started to play a role in the battle. “Building AR games is at the core of what our company is trying to do, especially with Pokémon GO,” Slemon says.
“As we move forward, We can continue to expect us to choose features that both provide a good tie-in with Augmented Reality, as well as being strong on Pokémon features. ”There was no talk of what the next big feature will be, although we can expect that any big updates launched in early 2018 will likely come with a few Gen 3 Pokémon as well.
Niantic recently rolled out a new update that’s sure to help all Pokémon Go Gen 3 trackers. The development team has confirmed plans to release a new wave of Gym and PokéStop locations.This is being done using Niantic’s older AR title, Ingress. Ingress Agents are able to submit new locations via the Operation Portal Recon program.
This also happens to affect Pokémon GO, with Niantic confirming that new locations will be popping up this week. “With the help of Ingress Agents around the world using Operation Portal Recon, we’ve identified interesting new locations to play our games,” a message from the Niantic support team explains. “We’re happy to say that many of these locations will also be added to @PokemonGoApp over the next few days.”
This could prove a huge boost to Gen 3 collectors and Raid players, especially in rural areas.Other Pokémon GO news this week suggests that a big update could be coming to the game. Trainers are reporting that the game’s new Gyms are seeing longer Raid times than other, older locations.
According to those affected, the new wave of Gyms that were added as part of a big Ingress, have been providing longer Raid windows. Some players are reporting Raids lasting until 8:30 pm, while others have seen new Gyms last until 7:30 pm.It’s unclear if this is something that Niantic is just experimenting with, or are hoping to roll out to all Pokémon GO Gyms at a later date.