Pokemon Go

A number of improvements and updates will be added to Pokemon Go soon enough, as confirmed by Niantic. The new updates will include all sorts of cool and much-requested features, including Pokemon trading, improved AR support and possible integration with Google Glass and HoloLens.

Business Insider is reporting that in the more immediate future there will be updates to include player to player trading. This was one of the most requested features for Pokemon Go given that a lot of players come across some rare or unique Pokemon that they may not want to keep in their inventory. And since space is limited, they will likely want to trade out the unused Pokemon for free space or for a more desired Pokemon.

Well, Business Insider notes that Niantic Labs' CEO, John Hanke, has confirmed that the "core element" to the Pokemon franchise will be making its way into the app soon.

They don't give an exact time frame on when the feature will be implemented, but they seem to indicate in the article that the features they're discussing on the Pokemon Go roadmap are either weeks a way from being released to the public or a couple of months out from release.

The trading mechanics weren't specifically discussed, and they didn't make mention if trades can happen from remote locations or if both players will have to be close proximity to one another, but Hanke apparently explained that the trading feature will work to capitalize on both Pokemon Go's virtual and real world interactions.

In addition to Pokemon trading, Pokemon Go will also receive updated features for PokeStops and gym battles. Again, they didn't specify the exact kind of features that players would be able to utilize but apparently more customization and upgrade options will be made present. According to Hanke these features are only rudimentary in their core design but Niantic has plans to go much further with hoe PokeStops and gyms are utilized throughout the game.

And speaking of gym battles...for people who put in a lot of time and a lot of effort into battling their way up the ranks, collecting Pokemon and traveling the globe (or at least their county) to rack up points and become the best trainer around, there will be leaderboards available... eventually.

The leaderboards will give gamers an idea of what to expect when it comes to facing off against the top players in the world (or in their region), as well as how far they'll need to go in order to become the best.

I can easily imagine the market whales getting engrossed with wanting to top the leaderboards by spending gobs of money on Pokeballs, Eggs and Incense to collect as many Pokemon as possible.

One of the more interesting updates that's likely only going to be implemented far down the pipeline for the game, is upgraded AR features. This is kind of the core of the game, with players being able to see the Pokemon appear in real life locations through the phone. Hanke hints at the possibility of Pokemon Go appearing on dedicated augmented reality devices, such as the HoloLens or Google Glass.

No further details were revealed about this particular development of the mobile app, but it would be interesting to see how that comes along in future updates.

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