In a lengthy interview at Gamesbeat last week, Niantic’s CEO, John Hanke, commented upon interesting future developments for Pokemon Go. While being asked questions by a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Hanke noted that in the future we could see contact lenses that would allow the player to fully immerse themselves in the Pokemon world by allowing them to visualise Pokemon right in front of them.
In the interview, Hanke notes that the universe of the Pokemon franchise essentially translates to the real world as the games involve catching creatures in a similar environment to our own.
He stated that this is why the augmented reality model that Pokemon Go is built on works so well. Niantic correctly assumed that players would connect with catching Pokemon in their own environments that they were accustomed to.
Hanke has been the chief spokesperson for Pokemon Go so far. From commenting on negative aspects to new features in store for Pokemon Go players, it seems that Hanke is the man to listen to if we want a hint at the game’s future.
Pokemon Go has been an enormous hit so far, and Hanke seems to be pretty in touch with the community. New features will help establish user retention, too.
The development of contact lenses seems to be a far-off idea. But if it is really in development, it could mean that players don’t even need a phone to catch Pokemon. They could do it all while safely walking down the street.