People have already started signing a petition, asking Niantic to preserve the long distances, implemented in times of pandemic.
The study by Pokémon GO, Niantic Labs, began to reverse the changes implemented in distances, which were applied last year in response to the pandemic. United States Y New Zealand They already have this update to the mobile title, and now players in both countries must get closer to interact with certain areas of the map.
The community did not appreciate the change, as these new distances mean more risk for everyone.Currently, the distance to interact with PokéStops, It is 80 meters, while that of a Gym, It is 2000 meters, and for raids, some 3500 meters. With the new change, these distances are reduced almost to half, returning to the original values that Pokémon GO had at its launch.
“Previously, the interaction distances with PokéStops and Gyms were increased to allow people to participate from afar. After this change, the distance will return to the standard values”, so were the words of Niantic, in the last update published in the Official site. However, they also mentioned that the distances could increase during certain events.
Community did not appreciate this change, since these new distances mean more risk for all players. The pandemic is not over, but Niantic did not want to wait any longer, a decision that caused a very negative reaction from the people.
Others decided to take more direct action, and opened a request to keep current distances. More than 130,000 signatures Gathered together, it is clear that the majority of the community is not happy with the change made by Niantic.
Pokémon GO has been extremely active, even in times of pandemic. Events like the Pokémon GO Fest, and its anniversary party, kept the community together, but this new update was simply not accepted.
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