The Pokemon Go developer responds to the violent reaction of community day
Last week, pokémon IR The Niantic developer received a significant negative reaction from fanatics when he made a great change in the two days of the April community. By reversing a change made by 2020, the developer reduced the day of the community of six hours to only three. At that time, Niantic affirmed that the company’s internal research indicated that players rarely spent more than three hours playing on the day of the community. In a new interview with Kotakuel Director of the live game, Michael Steranka, noted that the movement is also part of a greater momentum to do pokémon IR more focused on the aspects of exploration and social interaction that first popularized it.
“We really want players to have that sense of their local community and believe links, and strength in the links, because we really feel that this is what differentiates our products from any other game,” said Steranka to Kotaku.
When pokémon IR released in the summer of 2016, it was an immediate success, which led fans from all over the world to leave their homes and interact with each other while searching for rare Pokémon; For those who played the game in the launch, there is a lot of nostalgia for those first days. However, the pandemic of Coronavirus made it much more difficult for people to meet in large groups, and the game made many changes to adapt to this reality. Last year, Niantic reversed one of these changes, which required greater proximity to rotate Pokestops. Similarly, the movement caused great frustration in the community, and Niantic finally changed. Niantic has carried out other reversals prior to the pandemic, including changes in the incense. Steranka tells Kotaku that these changes are not destined to earn more money, but to return to the original vision, that Niantic believes it will result in a more fun game.
“We never want pokémon go be a product that you can complete and completely enjoy from your sofa. And the fact is that, with the incense as powerful as it was, the stationary players could do that, right?
Essentially, Steranka believes that fewer hours of the community day will make more people play and enjoy the game together at the same time. As Kotaku points out, many people have collected pokémon IR in the last two years and I do not know the game as it was originally launched. These changes make it more restrictive for them, as well as for those with disabilities that make it difficult to go out and play. It is not clear how Niantic can reconcile this vision with the realities of the base of players and the fact that the pandemic has not come to an end. For now, pokémon go players will only have to continue making their voices heard.
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