Speaking in an interview with Vice, Niantic’s CEO John Hanke revealed that trading and PvP battles are still in the works, but they are expected to roll out over the next few updates to the game. “It has far surpassed our expectations in just turning everybody onto the potential for games that break out of the screen. But the priority for ‘Pokémon Go’ now is to build in those things that reward co-operative gameplay, and make experiences available that offer more depth than just the capturing mechanic.”
Hanke did not state when exactly they will be coming, but we guess we should still take this as good news that the features are in the works and should be coming in the next couple of weeks/months. According to Hanke, he claims that had Pokemon GO’s servers not have had issues at launch, it is possible that at least one of those two features would have already been implemented in the game, but better late than never, right?