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Pokemon Go Gets Another Update and A Message from Niantic

The mid-summer smash hit mobile game; Pokemon Go got another update a couple days ago. Some good and some bad updates as well as a message from Niantic about them.

Pokemon Go's update hit google play and app stores July 30th on the original release date for Pokemon Go plus (It has been pushed to September of this year via Nintendo of America's twitter) and caused a few problems for trainers. In the patch notes, Niantic made improvements to the game, but also removed a key element to the games appeal. Pokemon Go's update notes includes:

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updates to the Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

Due to the company removing its tracking system as well as disabling third party trackers like PokeVision and the popular tracking app; PokeWhere, Niantic has finally responded and addressed trainers with a statement which be found here and below:

Trainers,

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 bring Pokémon 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.

The Pokémon GO team

Niantic has not said when they will be adding a new tracking system to the game at this time. However, they have also addressed an issue, since the release of their new update which, causes trainers progress to completely reset. If you are affected by it, you can visit here to resolve the issue.

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