The “Pokemon Go” craze has yet to die down since its recent launch. However, this seems unlikely as its developer hinted at bigger news to come for the free-to-play mobile game.
“Pokemon Go” continues to amass a record number of players in just a matter of days. Hence, sources continually turn out tips and tricks to help beginners master the game as quickly as possible. Yet more good news is in store for game enthusiasts. At this point, its developer Niantic is mulling over its next plans for the smash hit app. Trading appears to be high on the list of potential upgrades to come in the next weeks or months, according to the Business Insider.
Niantic CEO John Hanke hinted at this possibility but did not go into details yet. However, he noted the ability to trade would tie in with the app’s “core virtues” by encouraging players to interact virtually and in real life. Moreover, he acknowledged that trading is a key element of the game. Hence, lovers of the classic “Pokémon” would certainly welcome the news.
He also teased about another surprise that involves the use of AR devices. The AR technology currently adopted by the app makes use of the camera on a smartphone. Apparently, that is just the first step for Niantic, as Hanke hinted the app’s future with wearable gadgets.
Another improvement to expect from the app include enhanced customization features. The ability to customize would enrich players’ experience at Pokestops and Gyms. A global leadership scorecard to tally the achievements of Pokemon players worldwide is also in the works.
Yet could so much technology on hand be safe? Early on, Australia issued a safety warning to players. In a surprising turn of events, armed robbers reportedly used the app to trap innocent victims. They allegedly used it to anticipate the whereabouts of players at popular Pokestops to capture Pokemons such as parking lots, churches or businesses.
According to Gizmodo, the suspects had robbed eight to nine people before police caught up to their modus operandi. Hence, authorities advised parents with children who play “Pokemon Go” to pay attention and learn where they might hang out. As of writing, the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged three of the four suspects aged 17 to 18.