There’s no denying Pokémon GO is already a huge success, even though server crashes have been an issue for many players. Nevertheless, in a recent interview, Niantic CEO John Hanke stated that the app will be getting regular updates in order to keep the servers running efficiently. He stated that their main focus is to continue to improve and build Pokémon GO, and therefore there will be new updates bi-weekly. Some of these updates will be contain small changes you may not notice when playing, but others could bring big new features to the game.

He went on to say that they are also thinking about what they can do to enhance gameplay in the future. Hanke specifically mentioned evolving gyms and PokéStops to create more of team-play element.

“I can say a few things about that. In terms of there being a silver or a ruby red, or whatever, our current focus is just on enhancing and improving Pokémon Go. It is an MMO, so it is something we’re committed to regular updates and that.

“There will be new clients and server iterations pushed bi-weekly. Treat that as a general rule of thumb. That’s more or less the tempo that we’re on, but hopefully we won’t start the war drums beating for an extra piece. My point is more that, it’s one where – and we’ve done this with Ingress for the past three years – we regularly push updates. Sometimes they’re small features, sometimes they’re big features that get rolled out. But we treat it as an ever-evolving game. It’s not something that just sort of minted and then issued on launch day and not changed. So, in the area of things that we are interested in continuing to, well, there’s a wide variety of things that we want to do in the game, things on our roadmap, but in the near term, trading is something that’s not in the game right now that we’re committed to adding to the game. So that will be I think fairly soon in the future. We’re also looking at PokéStops and gyms and we have a set of ideas around how to add depth to that gameplay in terms of, you can add things like a lure to a PokéStop today that sort of modifies the PokéStop and causes it to attract more Pokémon it.

“There is some thinking about how to further modify and evolve PokéStops and gyms. Players will be able to shape them and add functionality to them by working collaboratively together, so that’s an area that we’ll be spending quite a bit of effort over the coming weeks and months on. The sort of overall structure of the game is the early stages and the initial experience is about discovering and capturing, there are then, you know, you interact with PokéStops and then as you gain more experience, you reach level five, you can engage in gym battles. It’s evolving that competitive, cooperative team-play that there’s a lot more that we want to do with that. We’ll be focusing on that. It’s more just general improvements and bug fixes.” — John Hanke

What would you like to see in the next Pokémon GO update? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Game Informer

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