Amongst the many demands Pokémon GO players have, trading is near the top of the list for most. The game’s product manager Tatsuo Nomura has assured that the option is certainly in development, but the Niantic’s trying to be careful with it.
So much of Pokémon GO‘s early success was in motivating people to play the game outside. In an interview with Polygon, Nomura-san stressed that it’s important to the developers that the mobile game does not become something that will allow players to remain idle.
“You shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokémon with someone who is 100 miles away from you […] We don’t want to just have that be an online game that you can just exchange virtually.”
Niantic is working hard to not fundamentally change what has made Pokémon GO so special to so many. According to Nomura-san, this is a very delicate process.
“We’re still trying to come up with an answer [to trading] that makes sense so it doesn’t kill the game. If we fail this, we can easily kill the game.”
Trading in Pokémon GO is expected to be an update released sometime in 2017.
Niantic has continued to demonstrate its support for Pokémon GO. On February 17, the developer released 80 second-generation pokémon into the wild for the game’s players to collect.