Pokemon Go counts 65M players, plans gym raids and co-op gameplay

Niantic’s latest Pokemon Go post might seem like a mundane thank-you note for all its many awards, but there are two bits buried within worth noting. The first revolves around the game’s stats, and the second suggests improvements to gameplay.

“We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine.”

Niantic is counting 65M players, which adds to the perspective we already had that the game has been downloaded 650M times and made a billion bucks. Earlier this month, we reported on a ComScore data release that suggested the game has fallen from its peak of 28.5M daily users to 5M.

Players also glommed onto the “all new cooperative social gameplay experiences” section. While initially we assumed that was just marketing speak, dataminers have dug up evidence (in the form of new toast code) that gym raids are on the way. It’s not clear that the two are one and the same, but it’s a good bet.

Finally, MOP’s Andrew also pointed out that Niantic has finally opened a help account on Twitter. You might think it’s strangely late in the game’s development to do this, and you’d be right. Managing the game’s community has not come easy to the studio, as we’ve previously argued. Indeed, that’s partly by design: Niantic’s David Hollin recently sat for an interview with A-to-J Connections (via Pokemon Go Hub) and explained that while he has personally enjoyed diving into PoGo’s major fansites and Reddits, they can become “a little bit too toxic.” Consequently, he says,

“Me and a lot of other team members sort of find it much better for us just to not be involved, which is kind of a bummer because it’s really meant to be an avenue for engagement with the developers.”

Source: Official site, Reddit. Cheers, Nordavind!
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Andrew Ross
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Andrew Ross

What’s funny is that the Pokemon GO subreddit feel a LOT more friendly than the other subreddits I visit. Heck, Silph Road (who does a lot of the data mining and theorycrafting) is one of the cleaner subbreddits: http://imgur.com/a/zMepW

I know people are critical of the company, but without having any kind of social media presence and closing off interviews to most actual gaming sites (most are via tech sites like Wired or Arstechnica), they kind of dig their own grave.

pepperzine
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pepperzine

Unless they add trading, player vs player battles (non-gym related), and friendslist there is 0 chance I will come back to the game.

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Nordavind

Re: raid. I don’t think it’s about gyms, rather the way we get the rare mons, like that cat an that cat number two.

I imagine something like the last part of the announcement video.

Andrew Ross
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Andrew Ross

You mean legendaries, like Mew and Mewtwo ;P I think you’re right: https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo/comments/64aett/news_rthesilphroads_latest_apk_datamine_found/

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Pedge Jameson

God I love PR people, they always rush in to band-aid a games ass at the right moment. And another win for the photo guy. People have enough attention issues and that dashboard Poke doesn’t help. :P
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Austin Alexander

I’m not sure why they think “gym raids” will bring people back to the game. Myself, and almost everyone else I know that stopped playing, stopped because the game lacks basic features present in the main series games. Real-time PvP battling and trading are the tip-top of the list of things that make this game feel incomplete, and I, for one, won’t be back until these are added.

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Pedge Jameson

I sometimes almost think the initial hype was some kind of a guerilla marketing like approach they were doing with the “OMG look at the diversity and bringing people together” and “Yay fatty kids are walking” etc. and really it was an empty game that lead to alot of nasty confrontations irl and bad news headlines.

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Chuck Finley

It wasn’t. It was actually organic and they had no clue what was happening. I think it even surprised them. Probably blew their minds. They weren’t prepared for how popular it was.

So unprepared, they couldn’t keep it. For about a month, people were going out and doing things together. It was pretty cool. It didn’t stop because people got bored of being active and such, it stopped because the game lacks depth. Cheaters aren’t taken care of. There’s nothing fun to do.

It blew up but died quickly because of lack of content and depth. I know people will yell that there are people still playing, but it’s not nearly what it was.

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rafael12104

I don’t believe they know what the term raid means in an MMO context.

amashirex
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amashirex

Given that they claim to see the game as a MMO already, you’re probably right =D

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