Pokemon Go’s incredible success has fizzled out by now. The last report cited the game losing over 15 million active users. However, the game’s success may return with the next update. Recently, an update revealed Ditto, the Pokemon famous for mimicking the appearance and abilities of other Pokemon. Now, Niantic is reportedly planning a December update that will add 100 more new creatures to the existing roster. Oh, and the update may also include player versus player battles.
The new update will take the game into the Johto region, as the anime did after the Kanto region. This region includes all new starter Pokemon like Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile as well as new Legendary Pokemon like Suicune, Raikou and Entei, Celebi, Lugia and of course, the iconic Ho-Oh that Ash Ketchum sees from time to time.
This may restart the initial frenzy that Pokemon Go was famous for in the first place, though it’s questionable whether it will return with the same intensity. However, the update is arriving during the holiday season so it may beat the odds and cause a bigger frenzy than before.
But let’s get to the most exciting bit, player versus player battles. This is the feature that Pokemon Go was painfully missing. What were the head honchos at Niantic thinking, releasing a Pokemon game without any way for players to battle each other? It was arguably the most criticised aspect of the game but now that it might finally be here, I don’t think anyone’s going to squander an opportunity to battle their friends.
The update may also include a way to trade Pokemon, making the game a lot more interesting. Players will now be able to get Pokemon that are far tougher than their own without having to train them up and evolve them themselves. The news of the update hasn’t received any comment from Niantic but their CEO, John Hanke has repeatedly said that the above-mentioned features will be added in updates to come. Here’s hoping that with this update, will come all the Legendary Pokemon that we desire. Fingers crossed.
Pokemon Go has racked up over 500 million downloads and generated $600 million in revenue; that’s unprecedented for a mobile game and certainly puts it on top as the most popular and profitable mobile game ever made. Despite its flaws, the game rode a whirlwind of nostalgia and pure social interaction to become a bona fide phenomenon.