OK, let's be honest, folks: Pokémon Go just isn't nearly as fun and exciting as it was, say, a month and a half ago. Millions of players have already given up on the game, likely thanks to longstanding issues and because catching Pidgey after Pidgey after Pidgey can quickly get old. But soon, an update to the game will bring a new feature that could dramatically change the way you play.
Pokémon Go developer, Niantic Labs, said the game's next software update will include a new "Buddy Pokémon experience" feature that will finally allow you to choose your favorite Pokémon and basically become best friends with them -- you know, just like Ash and Pikachu. Most importantly, choosing a Pokémon buddy will allow you to earn unique rewards in the game; for example, walking a certain distance will earn you candy towards evolving your buddy Pokémon. So, if you're still 364 candy away from evolving your Magikarp to a Gyarados, the new feature could be particularly helpful.
Although the company provided only a few details on how the buddy system will work, screenshots included with the announcement reveal how your buddy Pokémon will appear next to your Trainer avatar, both on the profile page and on the main screen. Perhaps best of all, you'll be able to choose a new buddy Pokémon from your collection whenever you want.