Pokemon Go launched last year a PvP mode called “Trainer Battles,” which permitted players to challenge other game trainers. However, it was limited to duels where the opponents were in the same location or picked up from the game’s Ultra Friends and Best Friends list.
Niantic is now ready to lift the restriction and has announced a new “Go Battle League” PvP battle mode that will pit random players from around the globe against each other, making the PvP combat experience more exciting.
In a blog post, Niantic said the Go Battle League will build on the existing PvP mode of the Trainer Battles. But Go Battle League will use an online matchmaking system to randomly pick opponents instead of limiting opponents based on location or their presence in someone’s Ultra Friends and Best Friends list.
However, Niantic did not reveal any further details about the upcoming PvP mode, apart from noting that “trainers will be able to walk to earn an entry.” As in most multiplayer mobile games with online battle modes, players will rise in the rank as they beat random opponents in the Go Battle League from across the globe.
But it will take some time for players through the Go Battle League to get a chance to engage in online battles with players around the globe. Niantic says the Go Battle League is currently under development and will be released in early 2020, but the date of its arrival is not yet specific.