Custom locations, breeding, trading, new critters & other perks coming soon to Pokémon GO

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Pokémon GO is the biggest mobile game in U.S. history in terms of daily active users and Apple confirmed that the augmented-reality game broke an App Store record for most downloads during its first week of availability, but that doesn’t mean its creators are resting on their laurels—quite the contrary.

As the game continues its global assault, Niantic Labs founder John Hanke teased at what’s coming next to the app: custom locations, more monsters, the ability to add customizations to lures, trading characters, more ways to play with Pokéstops and Gyms and other perks.

It doesn’t seem that pokémons beyond the original 150 critters will make the cut though he didn’t rule out the possibility of some other creatures making their way into the game.

“We’re looking forward to finding interesting ways to make that happen in the coming months and years,” he said. Character trading and training features are still a work in progress, Hanke cautioned, adding that his company is also looking into pokémon breeding inside the app.

He unveiled the design of each of the three pokémon teams’ leaders.

Until now, “You’ve only seen these guys as silhouettes because maybe we weren’t quite finished by launch day,” he said.

The in-game Pokéstops could gain new customization options beyond a lure that ensures more critters will pop up at that location. He specifically mentioned a monster-healing Pokémon Center as a possible new function.

“That’s a pretty cool idea that you can acquire an object that changes the function of a Pokéstop and give it a new ability,” he said.

Unfortunately, he did not provide a timeframe for these new features.

“We’re working really hard to keep the servers up and running,” he said. “We’re working on it, but its gonna take a little longer.”

If you’re a fan of the game, check out Andrew’s article about the various items you’ll come across in Pokémon GO, the importance of PokéStops and how to find better pokémon in the game.

Source: The Verge