Pokémon Go is expanding its focus on player vs. player battling with an upcoming feature called Go Battle League.
It will build on the existing Trainer Battles, which launched in late 2018. However, the new Battle League promises to up the ante. Although you’ll have to wait a few months to try it out.
In a blog post, Niantic notes that:
“Like many Pokémon GO features, GO Battle League will encourage players to get out and explore the world with Pokémon. Trainers will be able to walk in order to earn entry into the GO Battle League, then battle opponents from around the globe through an online matching system and rise in the ranks of the league. We hope this feature will make the Pokémon GO battling experience more competitive and accessible to more Trainers.”
There’s not much more detail available right now. According to the game developers, Go Battle League is slated for release in early 2020. We expect more details before then.
How current Trainer Battles work in Pokémon Go
Current player vs. player Trainer Battles usually require you to be in the same location as your friend. You can initiate a fight through your friends list, or by using the built-in QR code scanning function. Remote battles are available, but only if you’re competing against friends with whom you’ve reached Best or Ultra Friends status.
From the sound of things, the Go Battle League will take this feature to the next level.
Are you still playing Pokémon Go? Do you think the game’s developers are doing enough to maintain user interest over time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
If you’re one of the very few people not to have tried the AR phenomenon, you can download Pokémon Go for free.