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Niantic, developer of the augmented-reality mobile game "Pokemon GO," is preparing for the launch of its second generation of monsters. Rumored to be included in the upcoming December 2016 patch is the release of Legendary Pokemons, and the introduction of a new trading feature and a new player-vs-player feature.
A report from the website techradar states that Niantic is "almost ready to launch" the second generation of Pokemons. Although Niantic has yet to confirm this, rumors are suggesting that this batch of Pokemons will include legendary Pokemons such as a Chikorita. The latest buzz hints that the update would happen by the end of December 2016.
In a previous article from Jobs & Hire, Niantic made changes regarding the game's "Nearby" and "Sighting" features. These changes were made in response to trainers' feedback and, in effect, a new tracker feature has seen limited release in countries such as the US, Canada, and Australia. "Pokemon GO" users however are left wondering when Niantic would release this new tracking feature elsewhere.
The original Pokemon games include the feature "Trading." As the name itself suggests, the trading feature would allow trainers to trade Pokemons. The trading feature is still in beta development so trading is still limited locally and still not allowed over the Internet. The much awaited trading feature would be of great use to "Pokemon GO" players as it will allow them to trade their duplicate monsters.
Also rumored to be included in the December 2016 patch is the Player-Vs-Player Battle feature. Fans have been waiting for this feature for a long time, almost as long as before the game's release itself. As of this writing, the battle features available in "Pokemon GO" are limited to battles between players and opposing gyms.
Niantic has yet to confirm the rumors regarding the contents of the December 2016 patch. However, the fact that the developer has also has yet to deny them gives fans a glimmer of hope that there is some truth to these rumors. This means that the speculations regarding the upcoming second generation of monsters may indeed include legendary Pokemons. With Niantic keeping information close to its vest, rumors about the trading feature and the player-vs-player feature are also likely to be included in the December patch. Or at least the players of "Pokemon GO" hope so.