The main news though is that it has been confirmed that there will be three Pokemon GO major updates this year and one of them should be including PVP which many of you are desperately waiting for.
In more Pokemon GO news, Niantic CEO John Hanke did an interview with Spain's El Periodico, Hanke expanded on yesterday's news regarding the three major updates that are slated for 2017. Without revealing too much about the updates, Hanke said that the updates are "going to bring stuff users have been clamoring for". Now that Pokemon Go is stable, Niantic can focus on all of the features that weren't ready for launch. There is also the likelihood of 3rd generation Pokemons rolling out by the end of the year.
As for what the releases would be, Hanke said that new Pokemon and new functionality will be added to the game. Based on the original trailer for the game, we assume at least some of these group events will revolve around catching Legendary Pokemon. Could one of the three updates be trading?
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According to reports, trading is not a priority, leaving a new Player-v-Player feature as a possible contender. We will have to wait a little longer to know what Niantic has in store for Pokemon Go.
Still, Hanke seemed assured that the game was doing well.
The company put out some impressive stats for the game at the mobile phone conference - Niantic Labs chief technical officer Phil Kreslin said that Pokémon trainers had walked 8.7 billion kilometers (5.4 billion miles). It recently pushed past the 650 million download mark, which is 150 million more than in September. 35,000 retail spots have become sponsored locations for PokeStops in the game, which has so far received a total of 500 million visits.