Pokemon game to Go further with new updates and features
THE creator of the wildly popular Pokemon Go app received the celebrity treatment at the final day of San Diego's annual Comic-Con as he discussed the viral popularity and future of the game.
John Hanke, founder of Niantic Labs and developer of Pokemon Go, was welcomed on Sunday with loud applause from thousands of fans on a stage usually used for star-studded presentations by movie studios and TV networks.
He revealed that updates and new features would be rolled out in the coming months and years as the game grows to include more creatures and elements of the vast Pokemon universe.
The game incorporates colourful animated creatures from Nintendo's Pokemon universe into the real world using augmented reality (AR) and Google mapping technology.
During a question-and-answer session with the audience, he added that the team was aware of and fixing the glitches and bugs in the game and took fans' suggestions on what to add, such as possible functions to breed Pokemon.
He noted they were working on enhancing the functions of "pokestops" and "gyms", located at landmarks within a user's neighbourhood, and unveiled the identities of the three virtual leaders of the teams - Blanche for Team Mystic, Spark for Team Instinct and Candela for Team Valor.
The game, released on July 6, has captivated fans around the world, with 21 million active United States users in under two weeks of its launch.
The small team at Niantic Labs, founded internally at Google and spun into an independent entity last year, has struggled to keep the game's servers running as more users join, he added.
The current priority was to prevent servers from crashing.