Pokemon Go seems to be going into overdrive after a quiet start to 2018 in January.
In fact, it feels like we’re back trying to make our way through Veridian Forest, every time you think things are safe there’s another bug trainer or a wild Caterpie jumping out at you.
But the latest news to come out of the new update being rolled out is even more exciting than a Deoxys or a bunch of new shinies, it hints at a bran new quest feature involving the game’s NPCs.
According to a dataminer posting on The Silph Road, Niantic have gone the whole hog and made our dreams come true, introducing code to make interactions with NPC’s more detailed and emotive.
Among the update’s files are supposedly hints towards new daily quests, which appear to allude at replacing the current spin and catch bonuses players receive from PokéStops and Pokémon battles.
The update would also expand on objectives like winning gym battles, hatching Pokémon Eggs and successfully finishing raid battles.
It even looks like there will be quests with multiple parts, which depend on more than simple, single actions to complete (almost sounds like we’re getting into serious RPG territory).
But, the part that’s most likely to get people excited, is that there are hints in code that quest characters are to be introduced alongside these new objectives.
One character name being bandied about is Professor Willow, the game’s original Pokémon expert.
Dataminers speculate that the dear ol’ Prof and other non-playable characters could serve up quests to players. AND, further more, the NPCs could even have an emotional response, dependent on players’ success in completing the quests they’ve set.
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As usual, Niantic are playing things way too cool, and the only word anyone has from them is a blog post reading: ‘Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.91.1 for Android and 1.61.1 for iOS devices. Details from our development team: Improved the in-game News feature. The Pokémon Collection search function now lets Trainers search using ‘Shiny’. Various bug fixes and performance updates.’
But if the Silph Roaders are to be believed it sounds like we’re basically entering Ash Ketchum territory here people.