Among my immediate circle of friends, I can count the number of people who are still actively playing Pokemon Go on one hand. Despite the rabid fervor that swept the globe last year -- even I got sucked in for a couple months -- interest has definitely waned and they want to pull players back into the game again. And one way to do that is to pit gamers against one another with Pokemon Go PvP battles.

It's not like this announcement is coming way out of left field. We've been promised the possibility of actually fighting other Pokemon Go players for some time, but the feature has yet to come to fruition. That could soon be changing. The Pokemon Company president and CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara recently dropped some heavy hints for his vision moving forward.

This involves not only Pokemon Go PvP battles, but also the long-awaiting promise of trading Pokemon between players. The latter feature has always been integral to the whole Pokemon experience, so it's great to see that they still have that simmering somewhere in the background. You have to realize that this game has pulled in somewhere between $1.5 billion and $2 billion since it launched last year.

"We've only accomplished 10 percent of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do," Ishihara told Bloomberg in a recent interview. "Depending on location, there are many Pokémon with different characteristics. So what do we do with those and the real world? One view is to have chilly Pokémon in a cold climate, but then that would also mean that people born on a tropical island won’t be able to catch them."

Moving beyond mobile and Pokemon Go, they still have big plans for other platforms too. Pokkén Tournament DX is slated for launch on the Nintendo Switch in a couple of weeks and they've also got plans for a Pokemon RPG on Nintendo's console too. "With the Switch, we see it as a chance to create Pokémon that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression," said Ishihara. "As a result, that makes it an extremely important platform."


The rest of the interview drops hints at Pokemon-branded accessories, expansion of augmented reality (AR) with haptic and rumble technology, and even the possibility of integration with voice-activated assistants like Siri on the Apple Homepod and Alexa on Amazon Echo. "Switch is just one of the possible platforms. I think we will open up more possibilities from all these platforms. Playing in a more realistic way should be possible."

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