Global events for Pokemon GO is a top priority for 2017!
After the release of Pokemon GO, CEO John Hanke did quite a few interviews elaborating on how he wanted to have Public events for the Pokemon GO players other than the current events held by Zoos and Animal Shelters. When spoken about Hanke never listed a specific date or time frame as to when these events would be coming until recently when he stopped by Waypoint for a nice interview with one of their authors Willie Clark.
During this interview John Hanke was asked quite a bit of important questions that would help ease the mind of trainers looking for more features and updates for the game that’s already becoming a bit repetitive in a Pokemon Snap kinda way. The game lacked major features which John Hanke promised to bring in 2017, such as Pokemon Battling and Pokemon Trading. He mentioned Co-operative gameplay as being the companies top priority for the game.
When asked about what his most desirable plan was for the game, Hanke responded with an answer that may bring us Mewtwo before the end of 2017 on a global basis.
MY HEART IS REALLY WITH EVENTS, AND THAT’S SOMETHING I WANT US TO SOLVE IN 2017. IT’S COMPLICATED, THOUGH, TO DO THEM AT THE SCALE THAT POKÉMON GO DEMANDS.” — JOHN HANKE
While it’s quite early and some of the promised features John Hanke has mentioned in previous interviews didn’t work out on the time frame he listed, this may be one of those that could take a bit longer than a full 10 months to achieve considering how large the Pokemon GO fan base is. Solving this Global event issue will bring us our needed Legendary Pokemon, including the future Legendaries from future generations that will need to be added correctly.
Pokemon like Entei, Suicune and Raikou will be a challenge for them to add, let alone all 3 Legendary bird Pokemon and Mew/Mewtwo. One of the biggest complications is adding these global events without gaining any lawsuits from private property owners like they did early after release causing them to remove tons of PokeStops and Gyms from the game.
While the Pokemon GO fan base may have declined slightly, Niantic has tons of experience and a great vision for the future of Pokemon GO to bring new players to the game and possibly bring back some of the players who’ve decided to turn to alternate games like Overwatch or League of Legends. We’re certainly proud of Niantic and John Hanke’s progress so far and we’re happy he’s finally answering some much needed questions the community needed.