Pokemon Go has barely been out for a week in the U.S. and the game has already raked in around 14 million dollars for Nintendo, The Pokemon Company, and developer Niantic. With a game this popular, this fast, there is some concern that the hype will die down if the game does not see regular updates. Niantic is well aware of these concerns and plans to launch bi-weekly game updates for Pokemon GO in the future.
“We treat it as an ever-evolving game,” Niantic CEO John Hanke said in an interview with Game Informer. “It’s not something that’s just sort of minted and then issued on launch day and not changed.” Hanke further explained that while all of these updates might not always include new gameplay features, he and his team are dedicated to working hard to improve the game as it grows and evolves overtime. Niantic has already announced that the first major update will include leaderboards and the ability to trade Pokemon as well as upgrades to how players use Pokestops and Gyms.
For now, as the game has only launched in a few territories, the team’s focus is on ironing out the existing bugs and log-in issues that have plagued Pokemon GO since launch before rolling the game out to other territories. Hanke also addressed the popular complaint from players about the lack of an explanation for key game mechanics like how to use gyms and how to catch Pokemon. Specifically, addressing the ring that forms around a Pokemon when players attempt to capture it Hanke said that the team did not intend to make the game obtuse for players.
“I can’t say we were that clever, no” Hanke said of whether the game was intended to have players work together to learn the app’s intricacies. “We got a lot of feedback during the beta, we made a lot of improvements, we fixed a lot of bugs, but I would put it into that category of something we’d love to make that more so that it’s more obvious.”
Niantic is also currently brainstorming solutions for the significant battery drain caused by Pokemon GO. There is no word yet on when the app will be updated with Gen 2 Pokemon.
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