Fans could be pleased to know that a new update to Pokemon GO may allow them better ways to catch Pokemon.
If you downloaded Pokemon GO from day one, chances are you’ve seen the steady increase and decline of the quality of the game. Niantic appears to update the game on the regular, and some believe that this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Pokemon GO gathered much hype before it was released and quickly became one of the most downloaded games during its original release to the fans only a few months ago.
Since then, Pokemon GO is arguably worse for all that it’s been upgraded to. The tracking system seems to be nowhere near as potent as it was, and there appear to be speed issues when pedestrians are riding bikes or are passengers in a vehicle. Niantic continues to address these issues, and a recent update might bring fans who were displeased back to hunt for virtual monsters again.
According to Phone Arena, Niantic has released a new update that changes the way that tracking Pokemon works. It was as simple as a patch of grass and the image of the Pokemon that we would see. Footprints were located on the ground, and players had success with catching the desired Pokemon. However, third party programs and other inconsistencies allowed players to catch rare monsters illegally. Perhaps this will be a happy medium between the two, as the previous tracking ability seemingly hindered the chance to track Pokemon regularly.
Pokemon GO seems to work on a statistics-based setting than simply being a game mechanic. For instance, there’s a natural location for many Pokemon to appear. As a result of this, it’s almost guaranteed that any given trainer can hang around the area and pinpoint that Pokemon’s “nest”. With the new update, it appears that the tracked Pokemon will come with a Pokestop assigned so that players can get an idea of where that Pokemon will appear. While it doesn’t completely alleviate issues like rural players not having enough Pokestops, it does give hope to users that Niantic is aware of the slow progress that comes with its current system.
There’s also the fact that Pokemon GO is also addressing various bugs that have been present in-game. Loading screens are sometimes frozen when signing in, and there are also reports of players being exposed to slow camera movement when participating in battle. If attention to detail is any indication, we could be seeing a more focused eye on Pokemon battles.
A report by Gamespot suggests that Niantic is already working on a battle mode.
“Battling is a category that we do best at Pokemon, after all,” Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara stated. “It’s important to really carefully consider any feature that may increase the difficulty and raise the barrier to entry for more casual users.”
Ishihara discusses multiplayer, specifically how it adds to Pokemon GO and the unity between trainers.
“The multiplayer aspect is still something we’re exploring, we’re still trying to figure out what’s the best way to do that,” Niantic representative Archit Bhargava begins. “So far we’ve learned that multiplayer battles are a lot of fun. When two people from different teams show up at a rival gym, if they collaborate and both have their Pokemon deployed to battle at the same time, they can take down a stronger gym faster.”
There’s little information on what we can expect from Niantic, so features such as “Battle Mode” and a trading system don’t appear to be on the rise any time soon. Still, it’s a move in the right direction that Niantic is taking fan feedback and providing consistent updates.
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