Pokemon GO: Multiplayer trading is coming, developer teases

So you can finally get rid of all those Pidgeys

Pokémon GO, the smartphone game proving a pleasing distraction to millions right now, has many of the core elements from the original Pokémon games.

There’s Poké Ball throwing, gym battles and creature evolutions, but a major element is currently missing: trading.

Developer Niantic hasn’t forgotten about it though, and is planning on introducing the ability to trade Pokémon with friends and strangers.

"It's kind of a core element," CEO John Hanke told Tech Insider.

He didn’t give any more specifics, nor a date, but it would make sense given the emphasis in the game on interacting with others.

Pokéstops and gyms are also set to get an overhaul, with Hanke saying they are currently only in their "very most basic versions” and that new features and customisation options are on the way.

The augmented reality (AR) aspects of the game will be touched up too, and further down the line the game could be headed to dedicated AR devices a bit like Google Glass.

"That may be a fun thing to take advantage of," Hanke said.

Pokémon GO has only been rolled out in the US, Australia and New Zealand so far, but there’s a workaround for people in other countries. Just don’t try and go into a police station to catch a Sandshrew.

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