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What's next for 'Pokémon Go'? Custom locations and more monsters

Maybe Nurse Joy?
Mat Smith, @thatmatsmith
July 25, 2016
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As Pokémon Go continues its global assault, Niantic Labs founder John Hanke took to a panel discussion at Comic-Con to tease at what's coming next to the app -- and how the team hopes maintain this insane momentum. To start, more Pokémon critters will eventually make their way to Go, although Hanke's wording makes it sound like not all of them will make the cut. "Beyond first generation [the original 150], there are some others that may make their way into our universe. We're looking forward to finding interesting ways to make that happen in the coming months and years." The CEO went on to elaborate on developments for the in-game world too -- and that's where it got interesting.

As you'd hope from a Pokémon title (even if it's not quite a full-fat game), trading and training features are still a work in progress. (Niantic Labs are also looking into the Pokémon breeding inside the smartphone title.)

While discussing the game's future direction, Hanke said that he was interested in further customizing the in-game Pokéstop. At the moment you can attach a lure that ensures more Pokémon will pop up at that location -- something which benefits all players in the area. Hanke suggested that other customizations could be setup at these stops, with the Niantic Labs boss citing a monster-healing Pokémon Center as a possible new function. "That's a pretty cool idea that you can acquire an object that changes the function of a Pokéstop and give it a new ability."

There are currently no Pokémon Centers -- and no Nurse Joy -- in Pokémon Go. This needs to be remedied immediately.

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