Pokemon Go team spending time on Mega Evolutions to get it right

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 25 July 2020 20:41 GMT

Niantic is working to make sure it gets Mega Evolutions and a new level cap in Pokemon Go right before implementation.

Matt Slemon, project lead for Pokemon Go, said the team is working to Mega Evolutions right and is spending some time on it.

“One thing I can confirm is that your existing Pokemon today will be the ones that will be Mega Evolved,” said Slemon (thanks, Nintendo Everything).

“So the Charizard you got at the very beginning of the game – your first Charmander or the one that you evolved – those are all viable candidates. They can all be Mega Evolved. We’re excited to get that feature out to you and more details soon.”

Slemon also touched upon a level cap increase, which has been in “discussion for a very long time.”

According to Slemon, the team wants to do it the right way, and not have people “get set to their new level” an that being the end of it.

“We want the experience to feel a little bit different past level 40 than it has felt up to level 40,” he said. “So fundamentally getting a level 41 and beyond is still going to require effort. That’s really what levels are intended to display – is how much effort you put into the game.

“And so that effort economy is still very important to us. But it’s not going to be as simple as grinding XP through the ways that you might be used to. So the experience should be a little bit different, and we’re excited to announce more of that later this year.”

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 is going on this weekend, and this week, Niantic revealed three weeks worth of Ultra Unlocks some Gen 5 debuts, and more.

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