Niantic is working on easing Pokemon Go gamers into post-COVID pandemic life by including exploration bonuses in the AR game.
Successful COVID-19 vaccination initiatives across many regions have helped in the loosening of restrictions. It has helped Niantic encourage its Pokemon Go players to step out to explore bonuses that incentivize playing outdoor.
“Today, as some parts of the world are moving toward recovery, we’re announcing new exploration bonuses that make it more rewarding to play outside are coming over the next several months, including bonuses for spinning stops, playing at in-person raids, and getting in those steps.”
“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. As we return to the outside world again, these changes are aimed at restoring the focus of Pokemon 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.” – Company statement.
Niantic also plans to amend or delete a few temporary bonuses it introduced in 2020, which were developed to make Pokemon Go more natural to play when socially distancing outdoors or in an individual setting.
According to Niantic, it will keep some of its new tweaks, however, including the addition of a no walking feature for Pokemon GO Battle League, the capability to invite any trainer remotely with a QR Code, and an addition to the max number of Gifts trainers can carry.
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