It has been nearly a year since Pokémon GO launched, and after several hints, teasing, and speculation, we finally have news that this summer will bring Player-versus-Player (PvP) battles and Legendary Pokémon to the mobile platform. We already heard that “this summer will be legendary,” and now it appears we have official verification.
Last week, Mathieu de Fayet (Vice President of Strategic Partnership at Niantic) gave an interview to
Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo. Reddit users Constyy and Hisucchi broke the news and translated the article on ‘The Silph Road’ subreddit, confirming what we’ve been hearing for the past few months:
Pokémon GO has been downloaded 650 million times, but now it has 65 million active players. How do you keep players interested in the game?
Mathieu de Fayet: “Due to the large success of the game, we had to delay some planned innovations. Right now we are working on some that are due to hit this summer (in the northern hemisphere), such as giving more value to the choice of the teams, releasing Legendary Pokémon and introducing PvP. One thing we learned with Ingress was that the game can sustain itself if we are able to create social interactions amongst players, and we are working on that.”
Niantic’s CEO, John Hanke, had already teased about the upcoming additions in an
interview with Wired Germany in March; when answering a question on when we are likely to see Legendary Pokémon, he stated, “I can safely say we’ll see more of it this year.”
Hanke also mentioned in
an interview with Vice back in February that some features might have already been released were it not for the servers. “It’s going to be done soon,” he said about monster trading, PvP, and a gym battle system.
While last year’s ‘accidental’ Articuno sightings led to the
developers revoking players’ legendaries, we can hope that after this announcement, this summer will be a veritable free-for-all.
more value to the choice of teams” mean that Legendary Pokémon will be exclusive? Do you think PvP will naturally lead to trading as well? Which feature are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!