Update, November 30, 2018 (02:51 PM ET): You’ve been waiting so long, and it appears the day is finally near: player vs. player battles are coming to Pokémon Go.
The article below details the history behind the feature, but the important news today is that Niantic tweeted that PvP is coming soon:
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) November 30, 2018
The tweet is pretty bare bones — it doesn’t disclose anything about how PvP battles will work nor when we will actually see them in Pokémon Go. However, Niantic previously said that PvP battles would come before the end of 2018, so it can’t be far away now.
Original Article, August 7, 2018 (02:02 PM ET): Pokémon Go developer Niantic finally added trading to its hit AR mobile game in June, but the major feature additions are set to carry on rolling in. Niantic’s EMEA Head of Marketing confirmed in a recent interview (via Pocket Gamer) that PvP battles will come to Pokémon Go before the end of the year.
Speaking to Polish publication Gram at an event for Niantic’s first location-based project, Ingress, Anne Beuttenmüller said (via Google Translate): “We are constantly improving the elements that we have available in the game and the next thing that we want to add at the end of this year is the PvP mode.”
Beuttenmüller also noted that the Californian studio is working on a number of changes for the friend system currently in place to support trading mechanics.
These include a way to “segregate” your friends list and add notes to each friend so you can easily remember who they are (friends are currently only listed by their trainer names).
Elsewhere in the interview we get confirmation that more Pokémon will be added in the future, but that shouldn’t come as surprise to anyone. Niantic has been slowly introducing new generations of pocket monsters every year. The next phase should see generation four’s critters from Nintendo’s Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum games let loose in the wild.
Aside from Pokémon Go, Beuttenmüller also talked at length about Ingress and Niantic’s next major project, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Despite refusing to comment on gameplay, she did confirm that the game is still expected to launch on Android and iOS devices before the end of 2018.
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