Pokemon GO might be the most popular mobile game in the world right now, but that doesn’t mean it is flawless. The app might be all about socializing, but there are practically no multiplayer mechanics in it. Niantic has stated in the past that they are aware of this. They plan to add trading Pokemon in the future, and it looks like they’re serious about it.
The company previously stated that trading is a core mechanic of the franchise and that it would eventually be in the app, though no exact date was given. At the time, it seemed like they were only going to add it due to fan demand, but it seems like that isn’t the case at all.
If you look at the terms and conditions of Pokemon GO, you can see that trading will be a part of the game since it has its own rules and regulations. It states that Pokemon can be traded, along with various items in the game, though the latter cannot be exchanged for virtual or real-life currency. Judging from the guidelines, it seems like Incense items will be available for trade, since they are valuable items in the app.
Considering that fans still don’t have the option to trade with other users of the game, it is clear that the developers may have considered putting it in the launch phase of the game but decided not to. It is now more than just a possibility but something fans have to wait for in the future.
It will be interesting to see if PVP matches are added after the trading option. Players taking on other trainers was popular back in the Game Boy days and was still done regularly in the more recent 3DS games. Pokemon Sun and Moon are even adding four-way matches when it comes out in November.
Pokemon GO isn’t available worldwide yet, but it will be by the end of the month. The game is currently downloadable in select countries as a free-to-play mobile game with in-app purchases for those who want the best items and don’t mind spending a bit for them. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.