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Reports Suggest Niantic Will Be Adding PvP To Pokemon Go

Though its popularity has waned somewhat since its initially wildly successful launch, Pokemon Go remains one of the most successful augmented reality (AR) smartphone apps. The recent addition of trading and friends lists has seen a new surge in interest, and now reports that developers Niantic Labs are planning to add player vs player features has attracted even more interest.

Fans of Pokemon have been clamouring for a number of features to be added to the title since launch, including the friends and trading options which were recently added. Another of those much in-demand features was the ability to battle other players.

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Niantic’s Head of Marketing for the EMEA region, Anne Beuttenmüller said during an interview with Polish publication Gram that the company were working on implementing player vs player options, and the feature was due to appear in the app by the end of 2018.

“We are constantly improving the elements that we have available in the game and the next thing that we want to add at the end of this year is the PvP mode,” Beuttenmüller said via a Google translation.

The interview also says that Niantic are planning some alterations to the recently introduced friendship and trading features. As it stands, players can exchange friend codes with one another and exchange gifts or battle together in gyms in order to increase the ‘friendship level’.

Beuttenmüller didn’t go into specifics on exactly how the features will be tweaked, other than saying: “The point is that you can have many people on your friends list and do not remember who is who.”

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It was also confirmed by Beuttenmüller that new Pokemon will be added to the title in future, though a time scale was not specified, nor was there and indication of what generation of Pokemon were planned to be included next.

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