The developer behind Pokémon Go announced the game in September 2015 with a host of features for the game that it didn’t launch with. One of them, trading, only came to the game recently. Another one was PVP, for which Niantic has confirmed they’re targeting before the end of 2018.
In an interview with Polish publication Gram, Niantic head of marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Anne Beuttenmüller confirmed that PVP is something the developer is working on. Though translation software, Beuttenmüller said that PVP is the next thing they want to add and hope to get it out by the end of 2018.
It’s not clear yet what PVP will look like, as the initial reveal trailer showed group battles as something more turn-based than what the actual game’s battling ended up being. It could end up just being a race to see who can tap faster, but Niantic hasn’t tipped their hand on what it might be yet.
In the meantime, Niantic is focusing on the recently added trading and associated social features by letting you do things like categorize people in your friends lists or add notes on to individual friends. You’ll never have to struggle to remember who someone is or why you added them again.
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Niantic Targeting This Year For Pokémon Go PVP