Pokemon GO Developer Niantic Explains Changes

After a recent update made some changes to Pokemon GO, Niantic has now explained just why these changes were made. The lack of communication from Niantic has angered some fans and it seems the company is taking steps to correct this.

As expected, the “Three Step” counter was removed so the team could make some changes to it. However, no date was given as to when fans can expect to see the feature implemented once again.

While the removal of the counter upset some fans, it is an understandable move. What really upset the community was the removal of the third-party tracker websites. While this is understandably upsetting, Niantic does offer a reason as to why they had to be removed. Niantic claims that those services were impacting their ability to maintain quality of service for players.

Here is Niantic’s full statement:

“As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.

We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.

We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bringPokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).

We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.

Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.

It is nice to see Niantic reaching out to their fan base and explaining why these changes were necessary in order to improve the game and make sure the player is getting the best experience possible.”

Pokemon GO is out now as a free download for iOS and Android users.

 

 

 

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