In a short video interview with the A-to-J Connections, David Hollin (Niantic Inc.) shared a lot of information on the state of the game, Niantic’s involvement with the community and future plans.

David Hollin is a game designer at Niantic whose personal contributions to Pokemon GO are the AR mode, the Buddy system and how Ditto was released. His Pokemon Buddy is Kabuto and he is also the “Save your Candy” guy.

There is a lot of exciting info shared in the interview, and we’ve prepared a written summary of everything important. In short, we’re in for a treat this year, especially on particular calendar dates.

We highlighted the best parts in red so you don’t miss them.

Interview summary

  • David confirmed there was a big increase of popularity when Generation 2 was released [3:00]
  • He refused to comment if Niantic was more favorable of the hardcore or the casual player base [3:50]
  • He confirmed that Niantic will not model the game after the main series Gameboy games, as they are based around a singular quest of becoming the very best Trainer. They’re modeling Pokemon GO to be a “living breathing community of players”. [6:45]
  • They have not forgotten about Legendary Pokemon – “Legendaries are going to be pretty awesome!” [9:30]
  • Currently, they’re more focused on game play features than on adding new Pokemon, but future Generations are not excluded [10:00]
  • “Save your Candy” was misunderstood, it was meant as advice for new players [10:35]
  • “There will be events obviously tied to calendar year and there are things on the horizon which is Trading and PvP, but these are kinda more long term. In terms of short… hm… we’ll see.” [11:35]
  • He sees Pokemon GO as a franchise that will span many years in the future [12:26]
  • “It’s tough when you sort of agree with what fans want, but then you end up becoming the punching bag for them.” – he used to read a lot of conversations on reddit to gauge user sentiment, but they became too toxic [13:55]
  • A number of Niantic team developers finds it easier not to get involved with the community directly, it’s a lot of stress – “You know, we’re people too, so… that’s something I definitely find difficult” [14:30]

There was more commentary about his personal life, previous job engagement and the Nintendo Switch, however we skipped that part in the summary section as it is not as important.

You can watch the whole interview here:

  • Gian-Franco

    I respect how he was open that they were hurt about all the comments and how they said that they were humans too. I can respect that.

    • Jason

      Yeah. A person is nice. People on the other hand are vicious, cruel and irrational. I’m glad they don’t hang on every word that reddit users say. My only gripe is the development speed and bugs. With as much time as they’re taking between releases, I don’t understand these issues Go has like the tracker disappearing then having to go into journal to get it back. Not gonna lie, Easter event is exciting, but makes me nervous as hell because of the big issue with new roll outs this app seems to always have.

  • Thiago Lee

    This is the why ppl hate them… First said “Save your candy”, after a few days “NO U DON’T NEED SAVE YOUR CANDYS, THIS IS TO THE NEW PLAYERS”, now they release an event with 2x XP… WTF NIANTIC.

  • JTC

    This game won’t last past summer 2018, calling it now and that’s being generous… as someone who is about to hit 40 and with almost 15k gym battles won, this game is trash and has no life left. They’re lucky they even still have what they do… They don’t care about spoofers and cheats because they know they’re making money from those people just the same… The reason they won’t answer if they cater to advance or basic players is because they cater to basic morons who know nothing about Pokemon or the very game they play and it’s just a social thing for them..