The future of ‘Pokemon Go’: Makers confirm life after level 40


Niantic says any work you put in after hitting 20 million points won’t be in vain, and the points you earned over and above 20 million will be credited to the new levels. — dpa

There’s no way past level 40: Pokemon Go fans around the world are facing the same problem – or at least they were until very recently. Because developer Niantic has now announced its plans for the next stage of the popular augmented reality (AR) game.

Pokemon Go will in future go beyond level 40, the makers have confirmed to the relief of players worldwide, and 10 more game levels will be added on Nov 30.

At the same time, the first sixth-generation Pokemon from the so-called Kalos region will also come into play.

Unlike with the first 40 levels, however, you’ll need more than just experience points (EP) to complete one of the new levels. For example, you could be given the task of catching 200 Pokemon in one day or winning a certain number of battles.

Almost four and a half years after the launch of Pokemon Go, players have started to reach the game’s highest level and have been left with little else to achieve. To get that far, they each had to collect 20 million EP.

Niantic says any work you put in after hitting 20 million points won’t be in vain, and the points you earned over and above 20 million will be credited to the new levels.

Seasons are another new feature. In these seasons, different Pokemon will appear at different times. There are also other changes to be made across the game.

Among other things, the Pokemon encounters, the capture system, field research, the adventure sync feature and in-game gifts are all being reworked. Niantic plans to release details of these at the end of November.

If you’re not already a player, the AR game is all about capturing animated Pokemon characters that appear in your surroundings through your smartphone display. The game first became a global phenomenon when it was released in 2016. – dpa

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