Legendary Pokemon will be added to Pokemon GO by the end of 2017, Niantic's Chief Executive Officer John Hanke confirmed during a recent interview with the German edition of the Wired. The head of the San Francisco-based studio also used this opportunity to touch upon some other additions to Pokemon GO that players can look forward to over the course of the year. Hanke admitted that certain aspects of Niantic's hit mobile game have to be improved in the near future, specifically mentioning gym battles as one gameplay element that the developers still aren't perfectly happy with. Additionally, the firm's CEO said how all developers are currently hard at work trying to make Pokemon GO more suitable for playing alongside other people.
Hanke revealed how Niantic's experience with its previous game Ingress taught the company that a community-oriented game that promotes cooperation can be extremely fun and engaging. Giving people a common goal to pursue is something that can be incredibly entertaining if done right, and that's exactly what Niantic tried to accomplish with Pokemon GO, Hanke said. According to the interview, while the company's augmented reality (AR) game already promotes cooperation, Niantic wants to improve its social elements in the future and do a better job at encouraging people to team up on their quest to catch as many pocket monsters as they can.
The studio's chief also said that the current gym system is rather basic and will be expanded upon in the future. The entire system will be overhauled by the end of the year so that players have a larger incentive to take and defend gyms. When asked about the possibility of Zapdos, Articuno, Moltres, Mew, and other legendary Pokemon making their way to Pokemon GO, Hanke said how at least some legendaries will debut in the game over the course of 2017, but didn't elaborate on the matter. Finally, Niantic's CEO also commented on the fact that some Pokemon GO players are still trying to cheat by saying how he wish they wouldn't do that but adding that it's the company's responsibility to prevent that from happening instead of simply blaming the players. The San Francisco-based mobile game developer recently announced that Pokemon GO will receive three major content updates by the end of the year.