Android users have augmented reality games in the past, but it makes the impact on the society only when Pokemon Go came. Upon release, Pokemon Go changed the industry with millions of people upgrading their smartphones just to play the game. It also marked selling out of power banks quickly. Flocks of people would gather in several locations just to catch their favorite pokemon. Battle system was the only thing Pokemon Go fans were missing. There was a demand for the battle system like shown in the comics and animes.
The popularity of the game has gone up and down over the last two years. Major spikes happened due to various updates. However, the trainer battle system may be the biggest spike for Pokemon Go till date. The announcement tells us that “beginning this month” the new trainer battles feature will let players challenge a friend or another trainer at any time. You will need that other players’ “battle code” which is a special QR code that can be scanned.
Once everything is set up, you will assemble a team of three Pokemon and use actual attacks to see who is the better trainer. At the end of the game both the players are given some credits or rewards. However simply picking weaker trainers with the maxed out Pokemon are not allowed. The battle is allowed only when both participants have same Trainer Battle League (this determines the CP limit for the participating Pokemon).
The announcement says battles are “fast-paced and real-time, so don’t expect to wait your turn”. There is a level of strategy with this system. Perfect timing could allow to “deploy a Protect Shield to save the Pokémon from critical damage”.