No matter where you turn for your Pokemon GO news, it’s impossible to miss that something huge is coming before the end of this year. There are a couple of interviews, findings in the code, and countless hints sprinkled everywhere. It seems everyone is expecting anything from tracking to legendaries to pvp to generation 2. Hell, the most common idea seems to be that all four are coming. But do we really want that?
Until now, Pokemon GO has seen two kinds of update streams: slow and steady. At first, there were too few of updates. Bugs went unfixed, etc. Now, though, we see updates pretty regularly. New content, like seasonal events and daily quests, have been coming out with decent frequency. And, for the most part, that’s worked out really well. The cycle has gone from announcement to implementation fairly quickly, and we’ve had plenty of time to learn all about the new feature before the next one launches.
One of the reasons this works is because there’s always something new in the pipeline. Right when we get used to one addition, we’re already hearing about another. Plus, there are still a lot of updates in the works to hold us off. So why smash us with a lot at once?
Hitting us with pvp, generation 2, tracking, and legendaries at the same time is a lot to process. That’s a ton of content to explore. Not only that, but adding in a lot at once increases the chances of bugs. That’s one of the upsides to implementing updates one at a time. You can make sure it plays nice before throwing more on top of it.
Finally, though, the biggest issue is with that pipeline. The more that gets pushed out quickly, the fewer things we have to look forward to. Sure, they could always come up with more to put into the game, but why even exert that effort? There’s already plenty of expectation, and all of that is naturally occurring. Forcing new excitement is a lot harder than riding on the hype train that’s already in the station.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very excited about the upcoming updates. I’m as impatient to see what’s coming as the rest of you. I just think that pacing ourselves would be a good idea for the future.