On Wednesday morning Niantic the parent company of Pokemon Go announced its biggest update since the launch of the game. The company official site came out with this new information.
The update will cover more than new creatures to collect. Pokémon Go will also be getting what developer Niantic describes as “new encounter gameplay,” as well as two new types of berries including one that slows down opponents and additional outfit options to deck out trainers. There are also new evolution items that can be used to evolve the new additions to the game.
This is one of the biggest updates to the game since its debut last summer, and according to Niantic CEO John Hanke, there’s more to come as well.As John Hanke says, “Pokémon Go is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come with new gameplay features, in-game and live events, more Pokémon to discover, and much more.”
List Of things that company is going to offer in this update
- New “evolution” items required to make certain Pokémon evolve are being added. Niantic tells me that evolution items will come from PokéStops, much like eggs/Pokeballs/etc. I wish they’d gotten a bit more creative there — it’s a good opportunity to add some sort of new gameplay mechanic.
- Two new types of berries are coming: Nanab berries, which make Pokemon slower and thus easier to hit, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of candy you get if your next catch attempt is a success.
- New avatar items — new hats, shirts, and pants are mentioned specifically.
- They mentioned new “encounter gameplay”, but they didn’t shed too much light on what that means
Though there’s not much in terms of new encounter gameplay mechanics on display there, worth noting is the new berry shortcut button at 0:16, that the backpack is seemingly now a dedicated Pokéball drawer, and that the camera button got moved up to the top of the screen (until 0:29, at which point it’s suddenly back at the bottom right.)Also worth noting: from 0:20 to 0:26, people are very clearly shown playing the game in mountains, woods, etc — the sorts of areas that the game has notoriously been pretty bad at populating, instead of dumping lots and lots of Pokemon in Walmart parking lots. Wishful thinking by the trailer directors, or something more?