Trading: Locally and Not Through The Internet
In an interview with Polygon ,Tatsuo Nomura, Senior Product Manager at Niantic gave some more information on one of the most awaited features of Pokemon GO. Trading is one of those features that have been announced since the first trailer of Pokemon GO.
Although it is considered a key part of the game by the players, trading has yet to appear on our favorite game. There seems to be one good solid reason for that. Server issues. The servers is the reason the first tracker was removed, so we assume trading to be something more compicated and consuming. All information until today were vague followed by questions on how are they going to implement it, when and how it will play out.
According to Mr Nomura, internet will not be part of trading, something that was surprisingly pleasant for the “lawful” players, because if we can take literaly his statements, an alternative mechanism will have to be used in order to trade (Bluetooth?,NFC?). This will result in cheaters to …get out on the road if they want to trade.
“[Trading] won’t be through the internet. You shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokémon with someone who is 100 miles away from you. … The person needs to be in your proximity.”
“We don’t want to just have that be an online game that you can just exchange virtually.”
later he notes the significance of such implementation:
“We’re still trying to come up with an answer [to trading] that makes sense so it doesn’t kill the game.If we fail this, we can easily kill the game.”
In this interview Mr Nomura also talks about rural areas and how this will once again affect them since players won’t be able to trade with people not in their area. Nomura explains how measures are being taken towards helping rural players with the increase of spawn points and pokestops,like in hiking trails recently. As for trading he states: “I wasn’t really thinking of trading as a way to solve the local area spawn issue.That was more, we have a couple Pokémon that only spawn in a couple regions, and that was the hope, that some Pokémon you have to know someone or find someone who lives in certain regions and meet and exchange.”
The author(not Mr Nomura) concludes that trading will be implemented within 2017.
Only Time will tell…