Pokémon GO was at all times designed as a cellular sport to get you up, outdoors, and shifting. However again when the pandemic kicked off in 2020, developer Niantic needed to change issues up significantly to permit individuals to nonetheless play the sport whereas additionally staying protected at dwelling.
Now, over two years later, as in-person occasions are returning and individuals are making an attempt to get again to a standard lifestyle, Niantic has began bringing again unique in-person raids to its augmented actuality sport, beginning this weekend with a brand new raid throughout Neighborhood Day. However GO’s sport director Michael Steranka has informed Eurogamer that it is a “distinctive expertise” for this weekend, however the firm hasn’t dominated out making extra unique raids.
Steranka went on to say that Niantic “has no intention proper now of eradicating distant raiding for normal tiers”. Which means one, three, and five-star raids will stay playable remotely. Nevertheless, he additionally acknowledged that “we’ve not been shy concerning the reality we’re alternatives for gamers to get enjoying in individual once more” which appears to recommend that there will probably be extra of those unique in-person raids sooner or later.
As a part of the interview, Steranka additionally reiterated that Pokémon GO was at all times meant to be “about exploring the world round you”, and that Niantic did the whole lot it may to fulfill gamers the place they had been due to Covid restrictions. However he feels that “the pendulum swung slightly bit too far to having the whole Pokémon GO expertise from the consolation of your sofa. And that is simply not the place we wish to be as a product.”
Hopefully, sure raid tiers, PVP battle league, and different distant features will keep this manner for these nonetheless unable to get outdoors as a lot, and on the very least, Steranka says that “we will probably be methods to encourage gamers to discover, quite than persevering with to decrease the expertise anyone has at dwelling”, so it appears like Niantic are merely increasing in-person occasions quite than changing distant features.
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