Well, it is pretty safe to say that if you haven't heard of Pokemon Go, you probably haven't been online for a while. The mobile pocket monster app game has literally taken the world by storm! People all across the globe have gotten hooked, and are constantly hunting for the next Poke-Catch and aiming to rank up the levels. Well here are some of the features that will be added along with some possible add-ons that we may see in the future.
1. More Pokemon!
Pokemon is a long-running franchise, and as such has a total of six generations of Pokemon already out with the seventh generation coming before the end of the year. Right now, there is a total of 721 Pokemon! When Pokemon Sun and Moon is released, the number will most likely be around the 900 mark! Pokemon Go currently holds only the first generation of Pokemon, consisting of 151, so that leaves five (soon to be six) groups of Pokemon to add! But, how will they add the extra generations of Pokemon to the game? With Pokemon Go proving so popular, it may become expensive fast! As they may release the additional generations as expansions that a player pays for.
2. Captured Pokemon vs Wild Pokemon Battles!
In Pokemon Go, players simply encounter the Pokemon and use razz berries to make a capture easier before throwing a Pokeball. Then the player could loose dozens of balls if the Pokemon proves to be stubborn and continues to escape from the Pokeballs. Well in the games, wild encounters sees the player sending their Pokemon into battle to weaken the wild Pokemon before the capture. The amount a Pokemon is weakened can greatly effect the capture rate in the games. So could the app developers add this feature to Pokemon Go? It seems like the next logical step for them to be working on, as players who have grown up with the games are used to seeing their Pokemon in action far more than they are at present in Pokemon Go.
3. Player vs Player Battles!
At the moment the only real objective in the game is to collect the Pokemon and then battle or train them at nearby Pokemon Gyms. Pokemon battles are a basic fundamental behind the entire franchise, so it is highly likely that sooner rather than later, you will be able to battle your friends and passersby without having to be at a gym. This system will either work on a local GPS signal (much like how you locate the Pokemon) or a friend registration to your game, much like a friends list you see on many games.
This could also see the battle system introducing status problems to effect Pokemon in battle. These include poisoned, paralyzed, asleep, frozen, attract, confusion and curse. Each have their own effect in battle, but it can literally turn the tides of a battle if used wisely. This would make Pokemon Go's battling system fall more into alignment with the Pokemon battles fan know.
4. Pokemon Trading!
Like battles, trading is another major part behind the games. Players would trade Pokemon with their friends in the game, and this was due to games missing certain Pokemon. Right now, all the original 151 Pokemon are roaming out in the world, but with an additional five generations of Pokemon to be added, it would make a grand total of 721! With this massive number, they could easily have some Pokemon specific to other countries, which would in turn force players to interact with international players to complete their Pokedex. However, this would add in further data to allow for global access through some sort of trade center. What is more likely is some Pokemon will become even rarer to find. So if a friend has two of a rare Pokemon they could simply send it over to you, or create a new rival by not giving you that extra Lugia they have.
5. More Items!
There are literally hundreds of Pokemon items in the game. So far Pokemon Go has introduced a mere handful to get players started. The items could literally be expanded on more than any other aspect of the game. The are over a dozen varieties of Pokeballs that are each designed for specific captures, loads of medicines to restore status problems and HP issues with you Pokemon, items to aid in evolution of certain Pokemon and even items the Pokemon can hold that will have an effect in or out of battle.
Perhaps the most exciting items they could add are the TMs (Techincal Machines) and HMs (Hidden Machines). These are items that allow you to teach your Pokemon new attack moves. The TMs and HMs could be items that players can find while walking, much like how they find the Pokemon. So far, Pokemon seem to retain their two initial moves, regardless of how much you level them up. So TMs and HMs could finally bring in some more powerhouse trainers.
6. More Battle Option!
Pokemon battles have evolved over the generations. While the most typical battle style is a one-on-one battle between two Pokemon, there are others you can encounter in the games. Double battles were the first new style introduced. This saw each trainer send in two Pokemon to battle, resulting in four Pokemon in a single battle. This was then expanded on, to introduce triple battles that operate exactly the same but with six Pokemon in battle.
This altered how a player battled in terms of both Pokemon used and the attacks used, as some attacks would effect all the Pokemon on the battle field. For example, Discharge is an electrical attack that effects all the Pokemon on the field. So if you have a flying type or a water type out in battle, they will take massive damage from the attack. But if you had ground types in battle, they would take no damage whatsoever. So it all comes down to who a player pairs up and if you can create clever combos that will hurt your opponent's Pokemon more and not their own.
Along with triple battles, they introduced a new battle system called rotational battles. Each trainer would still choose three Pokemon each, but in a rotational battle the player can switch which of the three is in the attack position. It is essentially a single battle but with two tag-team Pokemates to call on. These battle options all have a high chances of appearing in the game in the future. They have also introduced sky battles which use only Pokemon that can fly or levitate. This is the only battle system that may not come over to the app, as figuring out how they would make it work through a phone or tablet could be difficult.
7. Pokemon Breeding!
Pokemon Eggs are already present in the game, however Pokemon breeding is something completely different in the games. When you leave a couple of Pokemon at the breeding centers you may get lucky and they may produce an egg for you. The egg will always be whatever the female Pokemon was, but the male Pokemon does have a helping hand in making an even stronger Pokemon. The baby Pokemon can learn certain moves through its father that it may not be normally be able to learn. With them already using locations for Pokestops, they could easily create new series of points that allow players to leave two Pokemon at, in the hopes of a little Pokelove.
8. Pokemon Contests!
Contests are not battles, they are simply a way for a trainer to showcase their Pokemon and win contests. It is a feature seen more utilized in the anime than in the games, but with many new players finding fun in simply collecting their Pokemon, Pokemon contests could easily be adapted. Instead of it being a contests for players to compete in, it is instead a place for players to showcase a Pokemon at for 24 hours. Then other players nearby could vote on a scale of 1-10 on the Pokemon there. Then it is simple, at a specific time of the day the contest ends and the winner is announced. With them having the camera playing into the game to capture Pokemon, they could even introduced "sticker" which can be attached to an image of the chosen Pokemon to increase their appeal factor for the win vote. This simply system would give players who do not want to battle their Pokemon more purpose in the game, and potentially make Pokemon Contests popular at last.
9. Mega Evolutions!
Mega Evolutions are relatively new to the Pokemon franchise, but did prove to be popular with the fans. Not all Pokemon have the ability, but some (when holding a special stone) are able to take on an ultimate form using all their evolution potential. If Mega Evolutions make a return in Pokemon Sun and Moon, it will indicate that they are here to stay, and not just contained to a single generation of the games. The Mega Stones to allow access to the Pokemon's Mega Evolution could again be items that appear on the radar map for players to hunt down and collect.
Gotta Catch Em All...But Until Then...
Needless to say, the game for now is a massive hit! As time goes by it is safe to say many players will drop off the radar and stop playing. But that is something that happens with every popular game when it is first released. However Pokemon Go has plenty to build on and help expand on a player's adventure for even more fun. So until the first big update rolls out, keep heading out and finding all those Pokemon that are eluding you and keeping you from completing your Pokedex!