Pokemon GO had some serious problems at launch, but that didn't stop the mobile game from reaching the top of the app stores and sparking a worldwide phenomenon. The hype has mostly died down now that the game is approaching its one year anniversary in a few months and some frequently requested features are still absent. Despite the player drop-off rate, Pokemon GO seems to be doing something right because 65 million players log in each month.
The estimated monthly player totals were released in a statement from Niantic that thanks the community for their dedication to the AR Pokemon game. Trading and PvP battles may still be on the "coming in the future" list for Pokemon GO, but the game's events have provided enough motivation to bring many lapsed players back online. The increased chance to catch starters, water pokemon, or even ghost types have all scratched the right itch and helped keep players around during holiday events. Although there aren't nearly as many daily players as there were in summer 2016, the knowledge that there's always another event right away the corner keeps casual players from uninstalling the app.
Niantic had the following to say about its current player base and the possibility of new features in the spring...
"We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine."
The idea of new cooperative social gameplay experiences sounds like it could have something to do with trading, but we'll try not to get our hopes up until there's a formal announcement. Either way, the spring should bring at least a few new events and lots of chances to continue catching gen 2 pokemon and adding to the Pokedex.
Are you still logging into Pokemon GO at least once a month? Let us know in the comments.
Pokemon GO is currently available on iOS and Android devices in select regions.