Pokemon Go! is a game that has already taken the world by storm. It is impossible to go anywhere without seeing dozens of people playing the game. They are everywhere from parks, to shopping centers, to their neighborhoods. Its popularity, however, is not indicative of the finished product. The reality is that Pokemon Go! has been released as a “minimally viable product. ” That means that is includes the smallest number of working features possible in order to sell it.
Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go!, has a lot of work ahead of themselves. The game has attracted a large audience. In order to maintain that audience it is important that they continue to add new features. This will help keep people excited and engaged.
We polled our audience and reflected on what features we wanted to see included to the game as it continues to develop. Take a look below and check out our list of some of the requested features.
We already know this feature is coming. We just hope that it comes soon. This will give a lot more opportunities for gathering Pokemon and would give players a chance to use teamwork help complete their collections.
There are reports out there that this feature is going to include NFC (near field communication). But, we really don’t know all of the details outside of the fact that it is on the way.
One of the key components of the Pokemon franchise is the idea of two trainers battling it out with their Pokemon collections. This combat happens at gyms in Pokemon Go!, but we don’t think there are enough opportunities to battle friends or to even battle in the wild.
Our hope is that Niantic will provide opportunities to have the battle experience outside of the gym environment either with NPC controlled Pokemon trainers that wander the map, or with friends locally. This can use some of the same technology as the trading mentioned above if they don’t want to deal with the logistics of friends lists. But, honestly, we know they are smart people, they can figure it out.
One problem that a lot of younger gamers have is that they don’t have the ability to level their Pokemon easily. We hope that Niantic adds some alternative routes to increase each player’s Pokemon. Some suggestions from our audience included things like earning XP for a given Pokemon by tracking walking distance or being able to ship Pokemon to Professor Willow for dust in lieu of candy.
A healthy portion of our audience requested the ability to have more interaction with people that they deem as “friends.” They wanted to be able to challenge their friends to combat or to other competitions. There’s already some light social elements because everyone can join one of the three teams. Some people feel that the game is still an isolating experience (at least within their own phone) and are hoping that they can make a more social experience.
One member of our audience is actually color blind and mentioned that some of the coloring in the game specifically regarding the rings that represent difficulty for capturing Pokemon or difficult for them to see our hope is that they make the game slightly more accessible over time by implementing different colors to accommodate the color blind.
What Pokemon Go features are you looking for? Sound off in the comments and let us know!