Changes to Pokémon GO make it easier to play in isolation

Changes to Pokémon GO make it easier to play in isolation

Amid Coronavirus fears, Niantic have tweaked the mechanics behind Pokémon GO to make the game easier to play alone.

As the Covid-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, events like SXSW and E3 have already been cancelled amidst health and safety fears. Many of the music industry’s biggest bands have cancelled tours and people are generally being discouraged from congregating in large numbers to help restrict the spread of Coronavirus.

Potentially bad news for Pokémon GO then. The game encourages players to get out into the real world, discover their local neigbourhoods and to come together for community day events.

With this in mind, Niantic – the makers of the hugely popular augmented reality game – have temporarily tweaked the mechanics behind Pokémon GO to help protect players and make it easier to play in isolation.

Players should notice an increased number of habitats, making it easier to catch Pokémon whilst at home. Incense packs will result in a higher number of encounters, Incubators will be twice as effective and Pokéstops will drop gifts with a higher frequency.

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In addition to the changes listed above, this months Abra Community Day has been postponed and Niantic have revealed that their forthcoming ‘Genesect’ Special Research adventure will require tasks that can be completed by individuals. Usually some collaborative elements would be required to complete the research.

Updates to the game should already be in effect.

Will Harrison

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