Niantic started off as a startup formed within Google where they experimented with the use of augmented reality (AR) technology through a game known as Ingress. It might not have been particularly well-known due to the fact that the game was invitation-only at the start, plus you could almost say that society wasn’t particularly ready for AR at that time.
Ever since Pokemon GO was launched, many have been asking for Niantic to bring PVP into the game. After all being able to battle your friends in the regular version of Pokemon was what made the game so appealing to begin with, or at least that was one of the things that helped. It was earlier this month that Niantic finally confirmed the feature would be coming, and now it […]
If trainer battles/PvP was a feature of Pokemon GO that you have been anticipating, you’ll be pleased to learn that not too long after teasing the availability of the feature, Niantic has confirmed that the feature will be released by the end of the year, making it about 2 years or so since the game was first launched.
One of the appealing aspects of playing Pokemon was that you could trade Pokemon with other players as well as battle them head-on. However those two features were conspicuously absent from Pokemon GO and it took Niantic a while before trading was implemented. The good news for those waiting for PvP, it seems that it is finally here, sort of.
When Pokemon GO was first launched, due to the nature of the game it encouraged players to walk around to try and discover and capture nearby Pokemon. As a result it actually forced more people to exercise, which is a good thing, and now it seems that its creators are hoping to make it a regular thing.
Pokemon GO was understandably met with a ton of excitement when it first launched. However over time it wasn’t surprising to see interest in the game wane a bit. However it seems that in the past few months, interest in the game has picked up again, according to a post on Niantic’s website.
No one likes cheaters, which is why to help prevent potential cheats, Niantic has recently decided to block the popular Pokemon GO from running on rooted Android phones. How this works is apparently the app will scan your phone’s internal storage system to see if your phone shows signs of having been rooted.
If you’re a parent and you’re a bit concerned about letting your kids play Pokemon GO over privacy concerns, you’ll be relieved to learn that there will be new tools introduced to help you deal with that. Dubbed Niantic Kids, this is a new logic system that Niantic and SuperAwesome developed.
PVP battles in Pokemon GO is something that has been talked about for a long time. It seemed like a rather basic and straightforward feature that should have been included from the start, but yet the folks at Niantic have yet to implement it. In fact last year the company was still making promises about the feature eventually arriving.
No one likes cheaters, but the sad reality is that as much as developers try to prevent cheaters, there will always be cheaters in video games. Companies such as Blizzard have implemented a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to cheaters, banning them outright when caught, but Niantic appears to be taking a more lenient approach.
Niantic’s Pokemon Go quickly became a global phenomenon not too long after it was released. The title has made a lot of money across the globe and the latest figures suggest that the worldwide Pokemon Go revenue has now crossed $1.8 billion. The title was believed to have cross $1 billion in revenue back in January last year.
It’s not surprising that when Pokemon GO was first launched that it was a massive success. This combined the success and fame of the Pokemon franchise with that of the ability to “catch” Pokemon in real-life thanks to the use of augmented reality. However the game did face some problems at the start, along with features that were promised but never launched.
One of the fun aspects of Pokemon games is the ability to trade Pokemon with your friends. This was a feature that many expected to be part of Pokemon GO when the game was launched, and despite there being many promises and hints, the feature remained missing for the longest time ever.
Niantic, best known as the developer of the popular Pokemon Go title, has revealed its plans to map the world in 3D with the help of players. Its plans to build augmented reality maps were confirmed by Niantic CEO John Hanke today. Niantic wants to play a major role in digital mapping and it’s looking to leverage its massive community for that purpose.