PvP!? What is it?
PvP stands for “player versus player”. It’s a term used by gamers to let them battle each other in real time. This is a main feature in why Pokemon has been a huge success for over 20 years. It allowed players to link up with each other either with a cord or wirelessly to battle their creatures in real time. This let players test the teams they’ve been playing with through their journey or battle competitively. This kept players playing the game for sometimes years after their release.
Doesn’t Pokemon Go have PvP?
Technically no, Pokemon Go currently lets you battle other people’s Pokemon controlled by AI in locations called gyms. You battle their Pokemon to take control of that gym for your team. Players can work together in real time to battle gyms or battle raid bosses at gyms as well. Trainers do not have the ability to battle each other in real time currently.
So, it’s Coming Right?
Yes, at some point. A Niantic representative revealed in an interview for the website Gram.pl the representative said the feature was in the works. Niantic has told us this in the past, however for the first time they gave us a time table. The representative said that they want to have this added by end of 2018. This is incredible as Niantic recently added trading a few months ago which was another highly anticipated feature. They also added the ability for trainers to add each other as friends.
What does this mean for the game?
This could mean a resurgence of popularity as well as the advent of a true competitive environment. Many trainers already work hard to have the pokemon with the most DPS (damage per second). However, without a real person to battle against it’s normally the strongest pokemon wins. No need to strategically switch out or use different Pokemon. Giving battles the human element could give way to more people playing and interacting with each other.
This could also mean the advent of a new battle system. Many have complained about the simplicity of tapping really quickly to battle Pokemon. This is compared to the turn based battle system of the original games. Adding a turn based battle system will give the game more strategy.
I personally can’t wait to see what they add to the game. I’m an avid player so I’ll be sure to keep you all updated. Be sure to let me know in the comments what you all think!