Pokemon Go developer vows to higher talk with gamers after the outcry on Twitter

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Niantic says that after the decision to change Pokemon Go’s interaction radius, it will be more transparent to players after the backlash.


Pokemon Go developer Niantic has promised players more transparency after a recent outcry over its decision to reset the game’s expanded Fitness and PokeStop areas.

Following this controversial move, the studio formed an internal task force that met with prominent members of the Pokemon Go community and outlined ways it can improve communications with the player base.

“We should communicate and interact more with coaches. I hope that with your patience and understanding we can do better here,” said Steve Wang, executive producer of Pokemon Go, on the game’s official blog.

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In order to improve transparency and communication, Niantic will publish a developer diary every two months starting in October, in which “the latest priorities, events and features for the game” will be discussed.

Additionally, Niantic says it will establish “regular communications” with community leaders and will continue to update its Known Issues page to “prioritize the status of existing bugs.”

The controversy began back in July when Niantic reset the Pokemon Go and PokeStop interaction radius to its original distance of 40 meters (131 feet). After fans and celebrity members of the community posted an open letter denouncing the move, Niantic reversed course and announced that it would do it permanently increase the interaction radius to 80 meters (262 feet).

Niantic had also adjusted some of the other Pokemon Go temporary in-game bonuses that were originally implemented to make the game easier in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to the ongoing virus floods in different countries, the studio will now make all bonuses in the game global and they will change every season.

“We recently had a rough learning curve when we had to quickly adjust game settings for New Zealand in response to being banned,” wrote Wang. “This experience taught us that we cannot adjust the experience in real time from country to country. Starting with the season of mischief, all bonuses are set on a global level and tied directly to the seasons in Pokemon Go. ”

During the current season of mischief, all players will receive triple the amount of XP for spinning PokeStops for the first time. Lock modules also last twice as long as normal and incense sticks continue to have increased effectiveness.

Niantic has a number of Pokemon Go events scheduled for September, including the debut of Hoopa on September 5th. Pokemon Go Community Day in September, meanwhile, takes place on September 19th and plays the water Pokémon Oshawott.

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