The Creators Of ‘Pokemon Go’ Say That New Pokemon And Pokestop Features Are On Their Way

Pokemon Go has become such a hit that it not only received the “Honest Trailer” treatment, but someone sat down and decoded the entire game just to find out what the deal is with catching legendary Pokemon. But who cares about Zapdos, Articuno and Moltres when you can catch a second generation Umbreon? That’s right, according to Niantic CEO and founder John Hanke, new Pokemon and Pokestop features are on their way…”eventually.”

“Beyond first generation, there are some others that may make their way into our universe,” Hanke said. “We’re looking forward to finding interesting ways to make that happen in the coming months and years.”

That’s not a very specific timeline — and it sounds like this will come well down the road, and certainly not until the basics like server issues are worked out — but he was clear that they will come eventually, in one way or another.

The thing Hanke personally seemed more interested in was making pokéstops a bigger part of the game. He mentioned that pokéstops frequently have lures placed at them, and he thinks it would be interesting to give players other ways to modify a pokéstop’s function. “That’s a pretty cool idea that you can acquire an object that changes the function of a pokéstop and gives it a new ability,” Hanke said. One of those functions might be turning them into healing pokécenters, he said, as Niantic wants to add them to the game in some way.(via)

Unfortunately for us trainers, Hanke doesn’t have a date for when these rollouts will happen, but says that they’re “working really hard to keep the servers up and running. We’re working on it, but it’s gonna take a little longer.”

Personally, I haven’t opened the game in over a week since it either crashed or gave me a message about the servers being down 70% of the time I tried to play. I even have a few friends in the same boat – but who knows? Maybe the promise of being able to start out with a Cyndaquil or Totodile instead of a Charmander or Squirtle will bring us back.

[Via The Verge]