Players will soon be able to trade Pokemon in Pokemon Go. Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke confirmed at today's Pokemon Go Panel at SDCC that players would be able to trade Pokemon in a future update, adding a classic feature to the mobile Pokemon game. The game will be released in a future update, after Hanke jokingly ensures "the servers stay up."
Trading has always been part of the Pokemon franchise, dating all the way back to Pokemon Red and Blue. Iconic Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto suggested that the games be split into two versions, each with its own set of Pokemon, to encourage trading between games.
There were mentions of trading within the beta, but it's unclear if this was ever implemented or simply found within the gamedata. A reddit post gave details on the alleged trading system, which seems limited to local trading only. It's unknown if the final version will be limited to local training only, or if there will be a way to trade over the Internet.
John Hanke had previously confirmed that trading would be added to Pokemon Go, calling the system a "core element" to the game. Trading would also provide a way for players to obtain allegedly region locked Pokemon like Kangaskhan and Farfetch'd without having to travel all the way to Asia or Australia.
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