Pokemon GO may have already peaked in the US, but that’s probably because, given the rush, players have mostly squeezed out all they can from the augmented reality game. But fear not, Pokefans, because Niantic Labs still has a few more up their sleeves. Well, they better be lest they feel first hand the ire of an angry mob hungry for new content. At Comic Con 2016, the developer dropped a few hints at what’s still in store for the game. At least for the immediate future.
Naturally, there will be more Pokemon to be captured. It has more or less been confirmed that only 145 of the first generation’s 151 Pokemon have been discovered, leaving out the three legendary Pokemon at the very least. But there are loads more Pokemon now in the fictional universe, so it will only be a matter of time before those start showing up as well. Of course, not everyone has all 145 and some might have a harder time finding the rest. Niantic has already hinted that it is looking into trading as a next big feature, making the game a more social experience.
In addition to the normal ways of finding Pokemon, there a few easter eggs lying around the game as well. One of those has already been discovered. Apparently, giving Eevee certain nicknames will ensure that it will evolve into one of its three first gen elemental forms. Niantic CEO John Hanke teases that there are plenty more eggs, not of the Pokemon kind, yet to be unearthed.
And speaking of the three legendary Pokemon, those will also have a bearing on players’ experience, but not exactly as Pokemon you can capture. Instead, they reveal themselves through teams, with each team carrying the symbol of one of the three legendary birds. Niantic has revealed the “leaders” of those teams, who will be giving their team members some hints and advice from time to time. Beyond their advisory nature, team membership might also have a few perks and gameplay mechanics later on.’
All these new features are great and all, but the otherwise enjoyable experience has been marred by unreliable serves and game bugs. Hanke has apologized for the disappointing service, saying that Pokemon GO’s popularity wasn’t something they expected and has caught them unprepared. Naturally, the developers promised to do better, so there’s nothing much to do except to stay calm and keep on catching.