To help players continue playing the game safely even during this pandemic, Niantic has ended up rolling back many Pokémon Go features implemented last year. Today the company announced that they would limit some of these features of Pokémon Go, but the players are against these changes as the pandemic is not yet under control in many regions. After getting feedback from fans, Niantic pushed many of the previously outlined changes live in New Zealand and the United States, the primary being that the interaction distance of the PokéStop reduces by half.
Changes introduced in Pokémon Go
The following list details the changes introduced in the game, including removal and changing of bonuses.
- Buddy Pokémon Gifts will be reduced, since players will be collecting more items form PokéStops outside.
- Interaction distance between the PokéShop and Gym will revert to normal. This may increase during an event or update.
- In the near future, Remote Raids will be getting an overhaul as Niantic tries to balance them with in-person raids.
- Stationary will revert to standard incense effectiveness, while it will increase when moving.
The main change: PokéStop interaction distance reduces
It seems that PokéStop interaction distance is the main change that is going live Pokémon Go, as it reduces to 40 meters from the original 80 meters. The interaction distance between Gym and Remote Range remains the same, according to data found in the app.
Niantic retains last year’s bonuses
In addition to the PokéStop distance reduction in Pokémon Go, Niantic is also keeping the bonuses that were added last year. This includes the First Catch of the Day bonus, various updates to the Go Battle League and Trainer Battle requirements, and more.
Here is the full list-
- Duration of incense will remain at 60 minutes.
- For Go Battle League, no walking will be required.
- With a QR Code you can challenge any trainer. The requirement to battle with friends remotely has been lowered to Good Friends.
- The maximum gift items you can carry in your bag at a time will remain at 20.
- Trainers will now able to open up to 30 Gifts per day, which was 20 previously.
- For your first Pokémon catch of the day, you will continue to receive three times the Stardust and XP.
Niantic will share more information about tweaking certain elements of Pokémon Go moving forward. But fans are not satisfied and disagree with the developer’s lack of communication and acknowledgment to feedback.
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