With the release of 50 third generation Pokémon imminent as well as the introduction of a new dynamic weather system, it’s an exciting time to be a Pokémon GO fan.
However, some fans are upset that features like the weather system are being added before things that were promised before launch, like Pokémon trading and PvP battling. In response to these concerns, Niantic has revealed that Pokémon trading is still in the cards, but there is still no timetable for when it will be added to the game.
In an interview with IGN, Niantic global product marketing lead Archit Bhargava explained that Pokémon trading is still something that the team wants to add to Pokémon GO, especially since it was shown in its initial announcement trailer. Similarly, PvP battles are also still planned for the game, but it’s anyone’s guess as to when they will finally be added.
“We just haven’t fully investigated those and talked about how would we want to bring those into Pokémon GO. So that is definitely something that we’re focused on.”
Since Pokémon trading and PvP battles were promised in the game’s announcement trailer, some fans may be frustrated that the features still have yet to be added to the game over a year after its release. However, others may be fine waiting on Pokemon trading if it means that other new features, like the dynamic weather system, are added instead.
One reason why some fans may not be too upset about the lack of Pokémon trading is that the feature isn’t being implemented how many expected. Before Niantic clarified that people would have to physically be near each other to trade, some expected the trading system to be similar to the mainline Pokémon games on handhelds that allow players to trade Pokémon online. This would allow players to obtain region-exclusive Pokémon that they wouldn’t be able to get their hands on otherwise.
When fans found out this wouldn’t be possible, it killed a lot of enthusiasm for Pokémon trading in Pokémon GO. Regardless, Pokémon trading was promised since before the game launched, so hopefully Niantic prioritizes it and PvP battles for release in 2018.