Pokemon Go developer Niantic has good news and bad news for PvP fans.
Pokemon Go users have been waiting for player-vs-player multiplayer battles since the game launched last year.
The good news is that Niantic is definitely working on the feature, but the bad news is that it could be a long time before we see it.
That’s according to Niantic CEO John Hanke, who recently gave Taiwanese magazine Business Weekly an update about PvP.
Hanke said that the company was still “planning to develop a new battle mode”, but the release date wouldn’t land until sometime in 2018 (via Comicbook).
Interestingly, the company seems more concerned with releasing an in-app communication tool to help fans communicate with each other.
This would make it easier to organise groups to tackle local Raids.
Hanke also dropped a big hint about Gen 3 Pokemon, the best of which can be found below…
“There is a lot of Pokemon that have not yet been launched,” Hanke continued.
“So I think the next secret weapon will be launch of the next Pokemon generation. I hope the players will soon see them.”
Fans have already discovered Gen 3 Pokemon in the game files, while a new update suggests that everything is in place for an imminent release.
In fact, the only thing missing are the sound files needed to replicate the new Pokemon.
A recent Pokemon Company statement suggested that spooky new gen 3 Pokemon would join the app at Halloween.
“The Halloween season is a special time in Pokemon Go,” the post reads.
“Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game later this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.”
Gen 3 Ghost Types include Shuppet, Banette, Mega Banette, Duskull and Dusclops, which is a nice selection for a limited time Halloween event.