The long-teased mode gets its biggest tease yet.
Since its launch in July 2016, Pokemon Go has been a strictly PvE affair – but that might finally be about to change.
In a tweet today, Niantic seemed to tease the forthcoming arrival of a PvP mode. The tweeted image appears to show a player-controlled trainer on a grassy playing field, with some well-worn patches where the Pokemon would stand. The image is accompanied only by a pair of exclamation marks and a shocked emoji.
Niantic’s been teasing something for several hours, and we’ll update this story if it reveals anything more specific today.
Fans are taking the hint and running with it. One of the most popular responses is nothing but the popular Surprised Pikachu meme. The tweet’s other top replies are largely dominating by excited memes and proclamations that PvP is about to arrive. The tweet had reached over 8,000 likes, 2,000 retweets, and 1,000 replies just 15 minutes after it was sent.
That Pokemon Go may get such a feature isn’t a complete surprise, but it’s something that Niantic and The Pokemon Company have strung players along on for so long that many appear shocked it’s finally happening. Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara said more than a year ago that PvP was coming to Pokemon Go.
“We’ve only accomplished 10 percent of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do,” Ishihara said in September 2017, “so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”
Last month, Pokemon Go received its first Pokemon Diamond and Pearl monsters, and Pokemon from Pokemon Go can now be transferred to Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee and Pikachu!
Nick Santangelo is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia. He loves video games and sports, but not sports video games. Follow him on Twitter.