Niantic has announced a rollback on the pandemic Pokemon Go changes, despite it being far too early for many of the game's players.
Niantic did an excellent job of making Pokemon Go playable during the lockdown.
They have made numerous changes to convert an all outdoor game into a home-based affair. These changes caused the game to thrive during the pandemic.
Despite the pandemic starting to hit its second wave, Niantic is already rolling back their changes.
Pokemon Go requires that the player walk outside to hatch eggs and catch Pokemon. During the depths of the pandemic’s first wave, Niantic made it much easier to play the game by improving tracking, so players didn’t have to leave their homes. They also made it easier to get resources and hatch eggs without having to stray outside too much.
Now, Niantic is rolling some of these changes back. This is despite many countries around the world experiencing a second wave of the pandemic, in some cases worse than the first spike. Soon you’ll have to go out and walk for much longer to hatch your eggs, and your Pokemon will no longer gather supplies automatically from Pokestops unless you’re low on supplies already.
You can hear more about how these changes damage the community’s trust in Niantic in the video below.
No one wants to admit it, but this pandemic isn’t going anywhere. Most reports put the earliest possible vaccine against the virus down for a release in mid-2021. If major countries continue to fail to contain the pandemic, then we’re all going to be trapped indoors for a long time yet.
Niantic should not be encouraging people to go outside. Pokemon Go will be putting gamers and those around them at risk. When the changes hit, you’ll have to stay outside for an extended period to hatch pokemon. Incense will also only be active while you’re walking around.
These changes to Pokemon Go aren’t just early; they’re irresponsible. Niantic is encouraging people to spend extended time outside, even though it could be hazardous to their health.
Considering the safer version of the game has been doing well, this move just comes off as greedy.