In an interview with a Polish publication, Niantic has shown a few of its cards when it comes to the future of the incredibly popular mobile game Pokemon Go. Niantic's head of product marketing Anne Beuttenmuller confirms that the studio is currently working on a PvP mode, which should be added to the game by the end of 2018.
“Now we are working on the PvP mode, which will soon appear," Beuttenmuller says in PokemonGoHub's report via Polish magazine Gram. "In addition, we’re still working on improving the feature that has just made its debut – it’s all about friends, such as the ability to exchange Pokemon in the game." You can read up on the official gym and raid rules and mechanics on the official Pokemon Go website to try to fish for ideas on how PvP may end up working.
She follows that up by adding that the team is "constantly improving the elements that we have available in the game" and that "the next thing that we want to add at the end of this year is the PvP mode." Pokemon Go, thus far, has thrived on a collaborative social experience that initially got millions out into the real world as they captured Pokemon together. The experience does have competitive mechanics, mainly the many gyms that players can place their strongest Pokemon in so they defend it, but a direct PvP experience could give this game new life. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.