'Pokmon GO' Gen 2 news: Niantic CEO teases the future of hit mobile game


With all the talk regarding the rumored Generation 2 update for “Pokmon GO” comes official word from developer Niantic Labs that may possibly coincide with the arrival of the refreshed version of the augmented reality title.

In a conversation with Recode, company CEO John Hanke laid out interesting plans for this year’s biggest game so far. As it turns out, the mobile game that led thousands of people outside their homes in the hopes of nabbing pocket creatures has a lot more in store its players. The executive shared the possibility of trading and even battling with other gamers much like how it was done in the animated series.

Niantic is also looking to set up collective events that will bring “Pokmon GO” players together. However, Hanke shared that at this point, they are still tinkering with the possibility and finding ways to make sure to have its logistics fully covered.

“We want to make sure that if we do put on an event, we can adequately handle the number of people who would show up,” he explained.

Aside from the tweaks and additional features in the game itself, the CEO also shared that they are looking to bring the game to wearable devices via developing an app. “I think it’s pretty likely, yeah,” Hanke said when questioned if there is a chance that they will eventually branch out to Android wear. This is despite the fact that they have concocted and recently released their Pokmon GO Plus device which lets players catch creatures without having to whip out their phones. The device can be worn as a bracelet and costs $35.

“Our whole mission as a company is to evangelize this whole concept of playing games outside, real world games,” Hanke explained in a separate conversation with Tech Crunch. “As other devices come on the market if those are Android Wear devices or if they are devices from other quadrants that are interesting for gameplay and mobility, and being active we’ll look into supporting those, too.”