Pokémon Go developer Niantic has stated it has no present plans to take away the choice of battling in raids from afar – a well-liked mechanic launched in response to Covid lockdowns.
Some followers had feared the idea could be minimize – as different pandemic-era bonuses and gameplay have already been – particularly as Niantic not too long ago introduced a brand new in-person solely raid selection, which is able to debut this weekend for the sport’s subsequent Neighborhood Day.
“That is a novel expertise that we’re organising only for these further bonuses in Neighborhood Day,” Pokémon Go sport director Michael Steranka instructed me right this moment, referring to the bonuses gamers will get to increase their native Neighborhood Day expertise by participating within the sport’s new in-person-only occasion raids.
“We’ve no intention proper now of eradicating distant raiding for the common tiers of raiding – one, three and five-star raids – however we’ve not been shy in regards to the truth we’re taking a look at oppurtunities for gamers to get taking part in in individual once more.”
Nonetheless, for now, Niantic sounds centered on contemporary concepts to tempt gamers out, fairly than rolling distant raids away.
“Our strategy is mostly going to be to introduce new performance and options to advertise [in-person play], fairly than retiring distant raiding, which we all know gamers have grown to like over the previous two years,” Steranka continued.
As a part of a roundtable dialogue, Niantic re-inforced the truth that the sport’s pandemic-era adjustments had been all the time designed to be non permanent, although some have since been confirmed to be everlasting.
There isn’t any longer any must stroll to play in Pokémon Go’s PVP Go Battle League, for instance, and a high-profile fan marketing campaign across the sport’s location interplay radius secured that as staying, too.
“We positively did every part we might to satisfy gamers the place there have been – the place they had been compelled to be due to the pandemic,” Steranka stated.
“[But] Pokémon Go stays about exploring the world round you. I believe sadly the pendum swung a little bit bit too far to having the entire Pokémon Go expertise from the consolation of your sofa. And that is simply not the place we need to be as a product.
“Niantic is a really mission-driven firm and it is one thing all of us worth and consider in right here – the significance of leveraging know-how to get folks out in the true world, interacting face-to-face, getting some train in all through your day. That is positively the place our core focus goes to be over the approaching months, however we shall be taking a look at methods to encourage gamers to discover, fairly than persevering with to decrease the expertise anyone has at dwelling.”