The Pokemon GO Development Team confirms today that it will be implementing the rumored Buddy Pokemon system, suggesting that the update is coming soon.
Pokemon GO, despite its relatively short lifespan on the mobile games market, has gone through many different iterations. What began as a buggy yet addictive mobile app has successfully managed to transition through the loss of 15 million daily Pokemon GO users and into a game that has made noticeably large strides toward upgrading its features and overall performance. The development team behind Pokemon GO has been busy attempting to meet the expectations of over 200 million players, and unbelievably, the process has been met with fan support in recent weeks.
Hot on the heels of a Pokemon GO update that added Pokemon appraisal to the game's growing roster of features, the Pokemon GO Development Team took to the game's official website to announce the next addition that trainers can look forward to. The next Pokemon GO feature will be the rumored Buddy Pokemon system, which will allow players to pick their favorite Pokemon from their collection as their "buddy", a title that will grant trainers bonuses while playing Pokemon GO.
The Pokemon GO Buddy Pokemon system, which was first discovered by datamining Pokemon GO, will add what the development team hopes will be "helpful" rewards. One such reward will see players awarded Candy just for walking together with their Buddy Pokemon, and the Buddy Pokemon will also appear alongside fans' trainer avatars on their profile screens. Of course, Pokemon friendship can be a fickle thing, as there is always a higher CP Dragonite on the horizon - as such, the development team has already confirmed that players can change their Buddy Pokemon at any time.
Although the Pokemon GO Development Team didn't provide an exact release date for the new update, it did state that it was "just around the corner" while also suggesting that there is a "lot more in the works this fall". Despite Pokemon GO being more profitable than summer blockbusters, there have been those who are disappointed with the game's initial lack of features, and the announcement from the Development Team seems to be a direct response to those concerns.
With each update released by the Pokemon GO Development Team and Niantic, the mobile killer app moves closer to something even those disheartened by its initial performance would be hard-pressed to ignore. Given that Pokemon GO has already made close to a half a billion dollars in just two months, a deeper, more intuitive iteration of the game has genuinely limitless potential, and other game designers will be paying close attention to the mobile game as the industry prepares for a busy fall season.
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Pokemon GO is currently available in select regions for iOS and Android mobile devices.
Source: Official Pokemon GO Website