Pokèmon GO’s newest update is a massive treat for players (kind of)
Pokémon GO receives its first major update following the dreaded 3-step bug. This major update highlights key elements of the game such as Pokémon Gym animations, User Interface, Achievements, and tracking system. While the update did tackle the biggest issue of the broken tracking system, it provided players with new customizations as well as balancing changes to Pokémon battling systems. Below is a snap of the changes implemented in version 1.1.0. Note that these changes do not fully provide an entire glimpse of the actual update. Some of the changes can only be accessed through careful data-mining and actual real-time experimentation.
“…exploring the world does come with real dangers and this sort of welcome from Niantic is their way of conveying their concerns.”
Upon completion of the update, the game welcomes players with a reminder which reads: “Do not trespass while playing Pokémon GO.” This prompt is Niantic Lab’s response to the negative buzz and publicity of Pokémon trainers purposely crossing private or government property to catch the virtual creatures. Some may see this as a joke, however, exploring the world does come with real dangers and this sort of welcome from Niantic is their way of conveying their concerns.
“Thankfully, the newest update adds a customization feature with more designs and colors to choose from.”
One of the best things about Pokémon GO is the Team membership feature. Pokémon trainers upon reaching level 5 have the option to choose over Team Valor (Red), Team Mystic (Blue), and Team Instinct (Yellow). Some of the complaints about this feature is the lack of team representation. Prior to the update, the game offered 3 primary colors to choose from: Red, Orange, and Yellow. The lack of a blue colored design lead many of Team Mystic or Team Blue, left out. Thankfully, the newest update adds a customization feature with more designs and colors to choose from. Including Blue.
“With the advent of the 3 step bug, the built-in tracking system essentially became useless…”
Now let’s talk about the tracking system. The initial release of the game featured a nearby tracking system paired with a number of paw prints indicating the proximity of the nearby Pokémon. Ranging from 1 step to 3 steps, this feature allowed players to carefully track their direction with hopes for the Pokémon appearing at the indicated location. With the advent of the 3 step bug, the built-in tracking system essentially became useless and 3rd party tracking systems started to appear on the web to augment the Pokémon Trainers in their search for Pokémon.
Then came the update. The newest update removed the step system altogether and this angered pretty much the entire player base. After all, how would they track where the Pokemon were hiding in the first place? Some see this change as a fruitless and even worse the 3 step bug because on the surface, this just made tracking far more difficult and far more challenging to deal with.
Remember how earlier in this article that real changes in this game can only be full accessed and be elaborated through careful data-mining and experimentation? This is one of them. And this new feature is actually a BIG treat in hiding.
Here’s how the new tracking system works (without the steps); The original tracker displayed nearby Pokémon inside a 100 meter radius. This is a pretty big range and outright tiresome. The updated tracker ONLY presents Pokémon inside a 70 meter radius. Doing the math, you would only need to search an area of 15,300 square meters, instead of 31,000. Call it fruitless, call it useless, or call it Niantic’s biggest mistake, but for some reducing the area necessary to search by 50% is a god send.
IF you know what you’re doing.
Sadly, the newest update still has not included the trading functionality and the friendly battling outside of gyms. More info will surface as the month of August rolls in for Niantic.