With the Easter promo of "Pokémon GO" ending this week, the game's developers dropped another teaser fans can look forward to very soon.
In an interview with K-Tai Watch, Asian General Manager Yoshiji Kawashima and General Marketing Manager Kenji Suka, both of Niantic Labs, confirmed that a "huge event" is in the works, which will come out this summer.
"I hope you are looking forward to this huge event this summer. Please look forward to it. Engineers are working hard now so that new functions can be implemented," Kawashima said. New in-game mechanics are already being crafted, which will reportedly include co-op raids, player-versus-player options, and player trading, a feature that was already rumored earlier this year.
However, a report from GameRant speculated that the new features will not become available at the same time, noting that player trading will likely come earlier.
Meanwhile, a post from "Pokémon GO" Hub also confirmed that more small-scale events similar to that of the "Water Festival" are being planned to cover the remainder of the year, while a new wearable device that will take the AR experience closer to the real world is also being planned by Niantic. Moreover, the company is said to be partnering with local governments to help conduct large-scale events.
Earlier this month, Niantic Labs video game developer John Hanke announced during the London Games Festival that the hit mobile game currently has 65 million active users since it debuted in July 2016. The company thanked the millions of players from across the globe and said that things are only starting to get more interesting. "We're still at the beginning of the journey and there's a lot more to come," the post read.
With their eyes set on improving the game, the developers also admitted last month that "Pokémon GO's" Gym system needs a revamp, according to an article by Polygon. "The gym portion needs a lot more work, and we are trying to improve it and make a bigger change to how the system works," said senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura in the Polygon interview. "Overall, I think we need a little bit more time to think through how we do it," Nomura added.