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The ability to trade your hard-collected Pokémon with friends and strangers

"Pokémon Go," the smash-hit iPhone and Android game that lets you catch 'em all in real life, jumping to the top of the App Store and Google Play Store in just a matter of days. 

But developer Niantic, which spun out of Google/Alphabet in late 2015, is already thinking about what's next in the weeks and months to come, says CEO John Hanke.

CEO John Hanke recently told Business Insider that the game will eventually allow players to trade their Pokémon with their friends, just like in the halcyon Gameboy days. 

"It's kind of a core element," Hanke said. Though Hanke wouldn't go into great detail about the feature, he said that the feature would help foster interactions between players in the real world, which is what Go aims for. And after all, trading Pokémon across different versions of the game is one of the franchise's enduring features, letting players complete their collections on the way to catching 'em all.

It makes sense then that the team has plans to introduce similar features into Pokemon GO, but those features are still in their infancy.

Pokemon GO Plans To Feature Multiplayer In The Game

"The multiplayer aspect is still something we’re exploring, we’re still trying to figure out what's the best way to do that", Bhargava admitted. "So far we’ve learned that multiplayer battles are a lot of fun. When two people from different teams show up at a rival gym, if they collaborate and both have their Pokémon deployed to battle at the same time, they can take down a stronger gym faster."

If they can manage to keep the servers up, eventually fans will want that extra layer of interaction with other local trainers, and the team is attempting to figure out the best way to implement those ideas.

"But we’re trying our best to rethink what the experience should be; what that real-world Pokémon experience should be like. Obviously we’re learning from Ingress, but it’s going to be a pretty different game. We have a vision for Pokémon, we’re gonna execute on it, but we’re gonna learn based on what the community reaction is."

Ultimately the users of the game will have a large part in deciding where the experience goes from here, but it's up to Niantic to make sure that the game can support the gameplay it already contains. Hopefully, they can get these issues out of the way soon, which should allow the team to start work on making these ideas a reality.

Hanke also hinted at enhanced augmented reality features, the likes of which could land on devices like Microsoft's HoloLens. All told, Go is already shaping up to be the biggest Pokémon release in a long time.

source:  Business Insider,

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