Did Pokemon go change the Pokestop distance?
Niantic is changing interaction distances permanently. Pokemon Go developer Niantic is permanently increasing the game's gym and PokeStop ranges. The studio has once again increased the distance from which players can interact with gyms and PokeStops to 80 meters, after controversially decreasing the range last month. CNETPokemon Go is increasing interaction distances again after fan outcry
25 August, 2021 - 05:04pm
Pokemon Go has announced that it is restoring the distances needed to interact with Poke Stops and Gyms and making them the new default for the game moving forward. Niantic announced the major changes today via social media, effectively reversing their decisions made a month ago. Moving forward, players will only need to be within 80 meters of a Poke Stop or Gym's geographical location in order to interact with them through spinning Photo Discs, battling defender Pokemon, or participating in raids with a standard pass.
Trainers - we’re looking forward to sharing our plans as a result of the task force on September 1, but one thing does not have to wait! From now on, 80 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokéStops and Gyms globally. (1/2)
Thank you to everyone who made your voices heard. We’ve heard you and understand that this has been a welcome benefit to many players. We’ll share more next week. (2/2)
Niantic originally increased the interaction distance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which made gathering in close proximity unsafe. The changes were incredibly popular at the time, with many players commenting that it improved accessibility for the game in addition to the necessary public health benefits. However, earlier this summer, Niantic announced that it was reversing the changes beginning in the United States and New Zealand. Niantic stuck with this decision despite wholesale condemnation by the fanbase and many players commenting on the recklessness of the decision in the face of the surging Delta variant of COVID-19. After a boycott and several prominent Pokemon Go streamers announcing they were quitting the game, Niantic announced plans to start a task force to look into the decision.
The announcement on Twitter has already sparked a "#ThankYouNiantic" hashtag and also hundreds of comments from grateful fans. We'll see what other changes Niantic's task force has in store for Pokemon Go, but the new distances have already been ennacted within the game, so this will be the norm moving forward.
Are you happy that Pokemon Go reversed their decision? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to listen in to next week's episode of A Wild Podcast Has Appeared, our official Pokemon podcast, to hear a full breakdown of the news
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25 August, 2021 - 05:00pm
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When Niantic removed pandemic bonuses in the U.S. and New Zealand while COVID numbers skyrocketted, many players came together to petition and even boycott Pokémon Go in hopes that the developer would be more upfront and honest about changes being made to the game, and hopefully, restore these bonuses. Many even pushed for Niantic to make one change in particular permanent: the expanded radius on PokéStops and Gyms.
Initially, Niantic published a weak response, promising to form a committee that would answer the community's concerns in one month. While many continued to not play Pokémon Go or only play what they could for free, Niantic carried on with August's events, ignoring the flood of comments and pleas from the players. However, on Wednesday evening, Niantic posted on Twitter that the PokéStop and Gym radius had been restored in the U.S. and is now a permanent feature.
Thank you to everyone who made your voices heard. We've heard you and understand that this has been a welcome benefit to many players. We'll share more next week. (2/2)
While some have responded positively, celebrating the win for the community, especially the disabled players, many remain skeptical. Some of the community members that were chosen to provide input for the committee have implied or outright stated that they are not to discuss the details of their talks with Niantic, leaving players justifiably concerned that communication from the company will not improve.
Have you participated in the Pokémon Go boycott? Will you be resuming play now that Niantic has listened to the community or will you still be waiting until the announcement on Sept. 1? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our best Pokémon Go accessories to make the most of your in game experience.
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