And while Hanke's speech was interesting from start to finish, it was the final few minutes that really had players buzzing for the future of Pokemon GO.
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In more Pokemon GO news, Niantic CEO John Hanke did an interview with Spain's El Periodico, Hanke expanded on yesterday's news regarding the three major updates that are slated for 2017. However, the Niantic chief insisted that Pokemon Go still sees a high number of daily users. When asked about the new releases, Hanke said that Niantic has scheduled a significant update for every quarter of 2017. "We'll be launching a new version of our original game, Ingress, later this year and we have some other projects that unfortunately I can't talk about today", Hanke said at the event, reassuring fans that more will be known in the coming months. Additionally, there may also be a day and night feature based on the time one is playing. That, however, is not a top priority for Niantic at the moment, according to a report The Silph Road. It recently pushed past the 650 million download mark, which is 150 million more than in September. Users have also walked a combined 8.7 billion kilometers through December catching Pokemon -- about the same distance to Pluto at its furthest point in orbit, he added.
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Additionally, Hanke also revealed that players have caught a total of 88 billion monsters since the game's launch. 35,000 retail spots have become sponsored locations for PokeStops in the game, which has so far received a total of 500 million visits.