Gym Changes Ahead – Hanke comments on Legendaries and Spoofing

In an interview with German Website Wired, CEO and Founder at Niantic, John Hanke sets the tone once again on what’s coming this year. In each interview he becomes more specific as in this one, in which he announced that gyms will be the first big thing to change in Pokemon GO.

While taking a quick break at Berlin he found the time to tell Wired the next step: “Gym battles have completely reworked putting teamwork to the center”

“There were  things that i wanted to have already started,” Hanke answers on if Pokémon Go was ready to be released. “I still consider it unfinished.” The first three months after the release,Wired author explains, Niantic had to take down one fire after the other. It is only now possible to focus on new features again. Hanke and his team want to gradually improve the game now.

Considering the four big updates expected during 2017, Hanke was asked to reveal the next one(gen II being the first):
“There are some features we’re building. One of them is about teamwork and gyms. We delivered that[GYMS] in a form that was incomplete,” he says. “We know from Ingress that cooperation and planning are a lot of fun. When people have a common goal, it is a strong incentive to meet with friends or to meet with people you do not know. Gyms simply do not work as well as we wanted”

Hanke wants more people to play at Gyms, as it is a core element of the game:

“There is very limited gameplay in the Gyms. They simply do not work as well as we would like, “he admits. “We will rework this aspect of the game so that there will be more teamwork and people will get more incentive and reward for participating.”

Hanke is being asked to reveal another release besides the one already mentioned:

“For the two releases following, we are pushing the most diverse features back and forth to define the final goals,” says Hanke. The author of the article here notes that among the options they consider is PvP battles and Trading(we had some news yesterday).

The author brings up Legendaries and explains that Niantic plans to deliver them this year. Hanke himself comments: “I can safely say we’ll see more of it this year” .

The interview concludes with the greatest problem of Pokemon GO: Cheating. The game is still suffering from people spoofing there GPS, making Gyms unplayable.

“I do not believe it’s a user’s fault if an app or website offers such function. It is our responsibility to prevent these things or make them harder to use than they are at the moment, “says Hanke, while reaching out for a fair play: “I wish they would not[cheat]. They destroy themselves by cheating the greatest fun of the game. The reward of Pokémon Go is go out and explore parts of the world you have not visited. ”

On a final note on why Pokemon GO seemed to have a rushed release, Hanke honestly explains: “When we left Google, we had a limited amount of money, a funding of 35 million dollars. We had a relatively large team and we only had a limited period. We’ve been working on it for a long time and the people were exhausted. We felt like it was time to make an impression.”

So the next thing Niantic will deliver is a new Gym System. Opinions?



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