Niantic announced it will maintain its Pokémon GO Gym interaction distance and PokéStop distance of 80 meters, following fan outcry after the developer removed its Pokémon GO COVID-19 precautions from the game.
The AR company said it reached this decision after communicating extensively with more than 30 community leaders from around the world, all of whom said the quality of life changes afforded with greater interaction distances significantly improved experiences with the game.
That means you can still add lures on PokéStops, which will make Pokémon GO field research tasks and Spotlight Hour easier to deal with moving forward, and the same goes for Pokémon GO Raid bosses as well.
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Niantic Outlines New Pokémon GO Gym and PokéStop Interaction Distance Plans
Niantic also discussed plans for handling Seasonal Global Bonuses moving forward. Starting with the Pokémon GO Season of Mischief, all bonuses are tied to in-game seasons and won't be handled on a country-by-country basis.
Niantic said this will be a permanent policy.
The Pokémon GO developer also promised to do better in listening to the community and listed a few ways it plans to improve in that area.
- Starting in October, we will begin publishing a developer diary every other month to share the latest priorities, events, and features for the game.
- We are going to set up regular conversations with community leaders to continue the dialogue we began this month.
- We will continue our work on updating the Known Issues page and in those efforts, will prioritize bringing greater visibility into the status of existing bugs for Trainers.
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