Niantic has released its latest update for the enormously popular mobile game Pokémon Go, introducing some long-requested features to the augmented reality hit. The update brings the game up to version 1.19.1 on iOS and 0.49.1 on Android.
In a blog post, Niantic revealed the new features, which include the ability to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time (finally) and tweaks to how the buddy system – which allows candy to be acquired through walking – works.
The new update arrives following reports Niantic will soon introduce 100 new Pokémon to the game. The promise of these Pokémon – likely the second generation from Gold and Silver – was spotted in seemingly leaked documents detailing a promotion with Starbucks.
Launching in July, Pokémon Go quickly became an major hit. The game sees players exploring the real world to find and catch Pokémon. They can also power up and evolve these Pokémon, and use them to compete with other players for control of gyms.
Hundreds of millions downloaded the game as the game transcended the video game bubble and became a worldwide phenomenon.
The game's popularity has been a highlight of The Pokémon Company's 20th anniversary celebrations for the series, which also saw the re-release of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow on 3DS and more recently the launch of new adventures Sun and Moon.
Pokémon Go has certainly effected the sales of Sun and Moon, which have so far been incredible.
Below are the developers full note:
- Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.
- Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
- The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.
- The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.
- Minor text fixes.