Pokemon Go: "Trading" on the horizon as game evolves

POKEMON GO players will soon be able to trade with other trainers, reports Comicbook.com.

Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke announced that the feature will be arriving 'soon' at the Pokemon Go panel at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).

Hanke jokingly said the timeline for the feature would follow them being able to make sure "the servers stay up."

Trading was originally tested during the beta, with trainers being able to request trades locally and respond to requests with a yes or no answer.

Hanke has called the trading system a "core element" to the game.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game released on both Android and iOS that brings real-world interaction into the Pokemon franchise. 

As of July 22, more than 40 million people have downloaded the game world-wide, with not all regions having the game at that point. 

Australia and New Zealand were the lucky first places for the game to launch, ahead of the US, Britain and even Japan. 

Niantic, the company behind the game, have been repeatedly criticised for the regularity with which the servers that power the game crash. 

While the game is free to play, it does offer in-game purchases for handy items and power-ups. 

Future plans for the game also include the Pokemon Go Plus, a Bluetooth-capable wearable gadget in the likeness of a pokeball, which will tell players when a Pokemon is nearby without them having to constantly be playing the game.  

The franchise's resurgence can also be seen in the cartoon's appearance on streaming service Netflix. 

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