Pokemon Go has been one of the largest video game crazes the last couple years, especially being exclusively a mobile phone game rather than a home console or portable console game such as those for Playstation 4 or Nintendo Switch. Despite this, Nintendo has made a lot of money from Go since its 2016 release, and fans are still playing it nearly three years later thanks to its improvements.
The improvements over the last couple years have greatly helped improve the game’s usability. Namely, Niantic, the developer behind the hit game, has worked to reduce bugs and have implemented new Pokemon and new features (trading and Research, for example) to help keep players, well, playing. However, sometimes the game still lags, and we don’t always mean in the literal sense.
At the end of 2018, Go began rolling out the fourth generation of Pokemon into the game. Being a smaller generation, fans were hoping for a full release, or at least not small waves of introductions like we’re currently experiencing. However, these smaller waves have dampened a lot of fans’ excitement for the game. To remedy this, Niantic could release the rest of the generation all at once, or when it comes time to unveil the fifth generation, they could release it at once similarly to the original 151 creatures.
Another issue originated with the fourth generation… the introduction of the Sinnoh Stone. The item itself is fine, but with so many Pokemon requiring it to evolve and its acquisition being so rare, fans are left scrambling to evolve their Pokemon and complete their Pokedex. In 2019, we would love to see an easier way to acquire this item.
On the opposite end of things, some fans struggle to find new Pokemon at all. Those living in rural areas don’t always have access to Poke Stops, which in turn lowers the amount of Pokemon they can find and the variety of creatures they can access. In 2019, we hope to see variety and spawns increased for those not living in cities.
Moreover, we would love to see a change in the way Eggs operate in the game. There are a ton of Pokemon that you can receive from Eggs, but we always seem to hatch the same species over and over. Maybe Niantic could balance Eggs more by phasing out older species or placing higher odds on newer species? We’re not sure how that would work, but switching up the Egg mechanics might be fun!
None of these should be too shocking, but these are big things we are looking forward to potentially being changed in 2019. Here are a few more things, though these may be even more obvious:
- More variety in Field Research
- New Special Research, working toward Jirachi this time
- The introduction of Abilities and more variety of movies in PvP battle
- The introduction of more Shiny Pokemon
- Generally, more aspects to keep players coming back each day
A lot of these are very simple, but they are effective things that could keeps fans returning and loving and supporting the game throughout 2019 and into 2020.
Are you still playing Pokemon Go? What do you want to see added or updated this year? Comment below and tweet us @Fuzzable with all of your opinions!