‘Pokemon Go’ December Update Release Date, News & Update: More Pokemon To Catch? New Tracking & Trading Features Coming

By Kenneth Bren Briones , Updated Nov 29, 2016 05:00 AM EST

Just when the "Pokemon Go" hype is dropping, Niantic is bringing something interesting into the table. There are whispers that the game developer is about to launch the next batch of Pokemon. Pokemon Trainers can now also catch and collect region-specific Pokemon.

After the successful launch of Ditto earlier this Nov. 2016, there have been rumors about a whole new batch of monsters joining the "Pokemon Go" realm. There are even talks that Chikorita is joining the roster. Crossed fingers for this! According to Niantic CEO John Hanke during the San Diego Comic Con, more next-generation Pokemon -- including some of the elusive legendary ones, will be joining the "Pokemon Go" update. And also that Niantic is indeed cooking up something to spice up the game.

Tracking Feature

During the launch of "Pokemon Go", the game included the 'three-step' feature which shows a number of steps to determine your distance to the nearby Pokemon. Unfortunately, this feature was disabled as this placed a lot of stress to Niantic servers due to the overwhelming popularity of the game. Since then, a new tracker for "Pokemon Go" has been rolled out across the US, Canada and Australia. Pokemon trainers in the UK are hoping for the feature to roll out the soonest. But no official word is out for a global update just yet.

Trading Feature

In the original Pokemon games and anime, trading is a key component to build your Pokemon collection. But it remained absent in the "Pokemon Go" even with frequent guarantees that the feature is on its way. Now, trading is still on a local basis thing only. This means trading between trainers over the internet is still not possible. Niantic has yet to confirm how trading will be in the final game.

On a separate note, another rumored feature has been circling around the internet and Pokemon trainers. The player-vs-player feature is much awaited. Niantic has been promising that PvP battling is coming. The "Pokemon Go" update is set to roll out by the end of Dec. 2016. 


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