Sunday is usually a rather slow day in many countries and cultures, my own Croatia included. It’s often the perfect time to relax, unwind after a hefty meal and discuss. Today, we’ll be discussing the current state of the game and what we expect in the next 6 months to happen.

You have to pay the piper

The fabled,  ever requested Generation II expansion finally happened, roughly 10 days ago, to much player surprise and our own excitement. In many ways, the launch of Generation II marks the beginning of a new Pokemon GO era. However, all is not well in Pokemon paradise.

As player numbers continue to plummet and revenue figures remain the same, Niantic has little to celebrate for. An excellent article by the Forbes described the phenomena perfectly:

While this update brought 80-plus new Gen 2 Pokémon into the game, changed some of the mechanics of capturing and introduced a few new items, at its core, Pokémon GO is still the same game, and that’s just not going to be enough for many beleaguered players.

Niantic took their time to build a solid foundation, a strong platform for future Generations to play on, but that effort comes at a price. It’s a well established fact in Game Development that you can only pursue one of the following two at the same time:

  • technical excellence and improvement or
  • depth of content and game play

For example, let’s take a look at World of Warcraft (Blizzard) in the same fashion. Aware they can’t provide both the content and improve their game, Blizzard decided to pay the piper with “Warlords of Draenor”.

“Warlords of Draenor” is nowadays considered as a turning point in WoWs history, as the number of technical improvements that was introduced in it was tremendous. On the other hand, players were left with no new content for 12 months.

Niantic just came out of their technical revamp cycle, culminating with 0.57.3 release that had only one line in the change log:

“Performance improvements”

Pokemon GO Trading, PvP and Gen II Release Dates

Trainer Battles are the only sensible way to go

It’s already well established that Shiny Pokemon are probably the next “big feature” coming to Pokemon GO. However, we believe that Niantic is aware that Shiny Pokemon are just more of the same, more placeholders to capture.

For a number of players, this change will likely incite some excitement, while for others it will be another gimmicky feature introduced to extend the lifespan of what is probably the most unfinished Pokemon game released to date.

Luckily, Niantic is also aware of this. Hanke recently went public with a statement confirming that either PvP or trading has been in the works for a while and is soon feature complete.

Given the recent removal of old trading code, we’re left with only one logical conclusion: Niantic is preparing to release PvP in the following months.

A strong competitive scene and the social aspect of fighting other Trainers could help revive the hype again. It goes without saying that PvP is essential to Pokemon games, anime and the entire lore behind the Pokemon world.

We can’t confirm anything yet, but we expect that future updates will slowly start to show the existence of this new PvP system.

What do you think?

Share your opinion in the comment section below or on Twitter.

  • Michael Arthur Savicki

    I’m an oldddddd gamer. And the only prob with PvP is lack of strategy. Those who coin and or don’t work for a living and have endless time to advance will rule. That leaves only those to either be bullied or stay in the shadows with dreams of catching that one pica pica to kick butt with. We are already seeing this at the gyms. Just saying. I like this game and hope they find a great way to balance the game.

    • Gary Milton

      The pvp option would be a good 1 but I think there missing out on the social networking side of games today

    • vision33r

      I partly disagree because there is strategy just not as good as a real Pokemon game. There is no reason you couldn’t spent 2 hours a day for a few days just to level up some basic Pokemon that can help you PVP against just about any Pokemon in gyms. Your problem like everyone else who complains about those unkillable Pokemon is that you don’t do your Homework.

  • Svengalis

    Yes it will get more people playing again and add new excitement to the game!

  • Ante Dujić

    Zadar is full of spoofers, not sure about the rest of croatia, and how big that problem globaly is. Before any kind of competive play, permanent bans should be made.

    • Alex Daniel

      Same is Iasi, Romania. I can’t get two gyms nowadays, because of people using fake gps and what not. Niantic has gotten numerous reports from many players here and they’ve done nothing about it for over a month now. It’s very frustrating.

      • vision33r

        Learn 2 play nub, GPS spoofing doesn’t make someone a better player. Only losers complain about losing.

        • Alex Daniel

          Congrats on having things figured out. You must be a champion at this game. I hope you have a blog for other brilliant advices as well – or just offer it to random strangers on the street, might as well. Just don’t make a life plan out of it – you’re not very good at it.

    • vision33r

      How do you perm ban when people can easily create accts and cheaters can easily level up faster than you. This game only rewards people who put time in it and learn the mechanics. The cheating does not make them unbeatable.

  • Erik Birchwood

    The problem I see is that yall come out with things yall are going to do to help the game out but you need to fix the other problems with the game before start with new problems that yall end up having to fix an during that time ppl like me or others can’t play because or games won’t load up or theread GPS won’t load making it hard for us to want to play the game anymore.

    • David Buckeye

      Learn English before leaving a comment

      • Erik Birchwood

        I know my English is was born and raised in the south all my life 62yrs today English need to be put back the way it was before everyone said it was wrong

  • Brad

    It would be nice if they addressed the pokestop distribution. I have 1 stop within 10 miles, 15 miles away my friend has 10 stops within a mile. Throw us “rural” players a bone before we all get frustrated and quit. I’m done spending real money on a free game that is punishing me because of where I live.

    • vision33r

      Live somewhere there’s stores and people. I’ve got hundreds of Pokestops near me.

      • Brad

        Good for you! I choose to live where I’m free to fart without my neighbors smelling it.

        • HyperShinyGames – Rocket Leagu

          lol. Nice zinger Brad!

  • David Knapp

    I think this article is useless – devoid of news, & iffy on opinion. Are you declaring the game dead? I regret clicking & contributing to the view count

  • arik100

    depth of content and gameplay for sure

  • Bigaju

    I heard about Trading and PvP. Also, what about Breeding, Abilities, a third moveset (which includes non-damaging moves like Double Team, Synthesis, or Toxic), and Pokémon fainting animations and cries (when a Pokémon has 0 HP left)? That would be great… Pokémon having Abilities activated and a third moveset would probaboy make gym battkes more interesting. Also, don’t forget the addition of Berries, Stones and more Evolutionary items. The fainting animations/deeper cries may invoke some entertainment, if what not.