After much nagging, requests, and Twitter hashtags, Pokemon Go dev Niantic has decided to retain some of the exclusive features added for the COVID 19 pandemic. The developer took to Twitter to share its decision.
For an AR-based game like Pokemon Go, moving around is necessary to get ahead in the game. However, the pandemic impacted this gameplay. Niantic managed to tackle it by offering attractive bonuses, and adjusting some distance features to better fit the lockdown conditions.
The pandemic-tailored features enabled players to enjoy the game remotely. For example, to battle in PvP, players did not have to walk a certain distance or find hotspots. These changes were reverted back to the usual setup in June.
Pokemon Go: Exact Changes to be Announced Next Week
Niantic will be announcing the exact details of these changes in the next week and whatever these changes might be, they will be implemented starting from September 1, 2021. From today, players will be able to spin PokeStops from 80 meters away. This will allow players to adhere to social distancing much easier.
To tackle further COVID-related issues, the developer has promised to set up a task force to resolve Pokemon Go fans’ problems. The announcement surely comes as a step towards addressing those issues.
As of now, it is unknown whether players will be able to play remotely or maintain a distance from public spaces. Fans are hoping that several pandemic-exclusive perks will make it back to the game since they benefit players with disabilities.