Pokemon Go Task Force update: Seasonal bonuses, Enhanced communication, and more

The devs have heard to the players! Finally!

Niantic has finally revealed the findings and has released a full update from its newly-appointed Pokemon Go Task Force following the massive negative feedback from fans over the various gameplay changes, communication issues, and more. In this Pokemon Go Task Force update, Niantic has addressed all those issues that have been raised by the players in the form of feedback from their sides.

Niantic has been listening to player feedback and also set up four roundtable conversations where the Pokemon Go team along with Steve Wang, Executive Producer at Pokémon Go team spoke with over 30 community leaders from around the world. The two main core areas of concern that Niantic addressed were:

  • The 80 meter interaction radius for PokeStops and Gyms has been an incredibly positive quality of life improvement over the past year and a half.
  • Niantic has a lot of room to grow when it comes to communication with our players.

All about the Pokemon Go Task Force update

PokeStop and Gym Interaction Distance

Niantic said they have realized that the increased 80-meter interaction distance is a welcome benefit for many players. So the devs have decided to keep it in the game. Moreover, also announced last week, 80 meters and not 40 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokeStops and Gyms globally from now on.

Pokemon Go Task Force update
This update keeps the Pokestops and Gym distance to 80 meters

The devs have said that they still believe in the importance of discovering interesting places and things in the real world. The Pokemon Go team further said that they are eager to develop new ways that motivate and reward Trainers for exploring and exercising in the real world. As a result of the task force update, the devs have clarified that they have new ideas to explore and now look forward to sharing more in the coming months.

Seasonal Global Bonuses

Moving further, the Pokemon Go team said that they have gone through a rough learning experience recently when they had to adjust the game settings for New Zealand quickly in response to their lockdown. This experience showed that effectively adjusting the experience on a country-by-country basis in real-time is not an easy thing to accomplish for them. So now, starting with the Season of Mischief all bonuses will be set at a global level. Furthermore, they will be tied directly to the seasons in Pokemon Go.

Improved Communication with the Trainers

Niantic will also be making a notable effort to begin communicating and engaging more with Pokémon Go players in more and more meaningful ways. Niantic has announced making the following commitments to the Pokemon Go players worldwide:

  • Starting in October, there will be developer diaries published every other month to share Niantic’s priorities, events, and other features being worked on for the game
  • There will be regular conversations with community leaders to continue having a dialogue on the state of Pokemon Go.
  • Niantic will continue our work on updating the Known Issues page and in those efforts, will prioritize bringing greater visibility into the status of existing bugs for Trainers.

We love how passionate Pokemon Go Trainers are about this game, and we want you to know how passionate we are about the game and community as well

Steve Wang, Executive Producer at Pokémon Go team

“The lack of communication regarding the PokéStop and Gym interaction radius was not handled well on our part, and it was a great learning experience on how to better engage with our players moving forward. Our top priority is and always has been to get people outside into the real world and creating human connections with each other. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us. You’ll hear from us again soon.”, he concluded about this Task Force update in Pokemon Go.

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