In the past few hours, i fan from Pokémon GO they threatened to boycott the game following the changes at minimum distances, and Niantic officially responded to player complaints. In a long message, the development team made no secret of having understood the hint, without however giving up the plans to take us out of the house.
Remember, if needed, that the gradual exit from the state of health emergency from the various countries it was all the development team expected to bring its most successful app back to normal. Change has been in the air for some time, but now the developers have actually started to take action.
Specifically, America and New Zealand will be the first to see the distances reduced to interact with Gyms and Pokéstop in Pokémon GO, one of the many changes that Niantic game fans haven’t gone down on. We report below the long message released by the development team on news and its “task force”.
To our Pokémon GO community: We appreciate your emails and feedback. We hear you, and the answer was a proper cold shower. Not all games have a global audience as passionate as the one we are lucky enough to have. Like everyone in the world, our team is working hard to adapt to the state of health around the world.
Recent Exploration Bonus changes to the US and New Zealand are aimed at restoring some of the core elements that players loved prior to 2020, rewarding those who leave home to explore the world. Encouraging physical activity to get everyone to play safely together remains our mission.
Player health and well-being remain a priority for us, which is why we haven’t implemented the changes simultaneously globally. Research has shown that walking is good for you and benefits your health. Also, encouraging exploration is Niantic’s mission, but we will not fail to monitor the situation and act accordingly.
There is one change in particular that you told us about: the distances from Pokéstop and Gyms, which we have reduced to 40 meters after the 80 in recent times. This is because we want to encourage exploration of places worth visiting, but as we have received your input loud and clear we will make the following changes.
We will put together a team to come up with ideas to encourage people to explore the world together, while also addressing concerns about social distancing. We will share with you the conclusions drawn by the task force at the next in-game seasonal change, scheduled for September 1st.
Therefore, we will also be contacting community leaders in the coming days for their feedback. Our aim is to create fun and engaging experiences while remaining faithful to our mission, and we thank you for challenging us with well-articulated and, above all, constructive feedback.
Soon we could definitely see new faces in the game, and we will not fail to make you participate in every change.