Niantic Labs' CEO John Hanke has revealed additional information about what players can expect next from the amazingly popular augmented reality game Pokemon Go. During a guest appearance at the Recode Decode podcast, John Hanke stated that he is "exhausted, but elated" after everything that has been going on with Pokemon Go in the last 10 weeks. Mostly he is excited that Niantic managed to stabilize Pokemon Go servers for the time being and is slowly in the process of rolling out Pokemon Go to the rest of the world. Despite huge efforts that are put into finishing the game's rollout, John Hanke told Recode's Kara Swisher that the developers of Pokemon Go know their work has just begun and there is a lot more for them to do in the upcoming weeks and months.
John Hanke said that the Pokemon Go development team is happy that it has enough breathing room to start being "more thoughtful" about the next big set of Pokemon Go features. The CEO stressed the importance of releasing continuous updates for the game. He added that frequent updates are the best way to retain a strong Pokemon Go player base.
John Hanke revealed that the Pokemon Go developers are working on a update for in-game events. These events will give incentive to thousands of players to meet and play the game together and will be modeled after in-game events from Niantic's previous AR game, Ingress. John Hanke spoke about the largest fear in development of these in-game events; the servers not being able to handle the influx of users during an event.
Many have speculated for some time that rare, legendary, Pokemon such as Articuno, Moltres, Zapdos, Ditto, Mewtwo, and Mew cannot be caught in the wild and are likely reserved for large in-game events.
John Hanke did confirm that a Pokemon Go trading system is current in development and is expected to be launched in the near future. He also stated that features such as PVP (player-versus-player) battles are something the team "talk a lot about internally" at the studio. However, PVP is not a high priority for the team as of yet.