Niantic to rollback ‘Pokemon Go’ bonuses during pandemic


AR company Niantic is pushing to rollback the pandemic-related changes they added to Pokemon Go, instead planning new bonuses for going outside.

As Pokemon Go is still a thing, Niantic is now looking to restart their player base. The company will remove almost all changes they added to accommodate for the pandemic. They will even add new changes that will encourage players to explore.

Niantic to remove or change pandemic bonuses

In a blog post, the AR developer announced a new rollout of patches and updates. These changes will put back the game into its following through its original focus. These include exercise, exploration, and playing with friends outside in general.

The changes will start once the Pokemon Go Fest starts in the United States and New Zealand. Specifically, they will focus on locales where people have more freedom of movement. These shifts will go global as local conditions allow.

They note that they are looking to make sure everything staggers according to different needs.

“We’re committed to doing this in a staggered way, when it makes sense for each place in the world, to help people play safely,” said their blog. “As we return to the outside world again, these changes are aimed at restoring the focus of Pokémon GO on movement and exploration in the real world. These changes will be introduced slowly and carefully to make it more exciting to explore the world around you.”

Changes should encourage exploration even further

Niantic will be changing some crucial bonuses on Pokemon Go that discouraged outside movement. These will go away or shift in some way to help encourage more exploration.

For starters, incense effectiveness is lower when standing still. The game, however, will still keep the bonus and instead kick in when in movement. Players will still get standard effectiveness as base level.

Gifts from buddy Pokemon will also reduce after the change, going from five items three times a day to a far less amount. More supplies will stay available in spinning PokeStops.

PokeStop and Gym interactions will also revert to their original interaction distance. Changes to in-person raids will also rollout in preparation for EX Raids.

“Remote Raids have become an important part of the game this past year and we’re going to continue evolving them. Our intention is to find the right balance between remote play and in-person play, so stay tuned for more details in the coming months. Many of these in-person raid changes will be to prepare for the eventual return of EX Raids,” said the post.

Niantic is looking to give Pokemon Go a boost. The Pokemon Go Fest will run from July 17 – 18 and open for participation globally for $5.

Featured image courtesy of Pokemon Go/Youtube Screenshot

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