Pokemon Go may be a mobile game, but it’s fundamentally different than others. Most mobile games don’t require the player to move from where they currently are. Pokemon Go, on the other hand, is entirely based on the player exploring their surroundings and moving about in the real world.
Changing The Game’s Requirements
However, Niantic is looking to change many aspects of the game to ensure that it’s just as enjoyable from the comfort of your home. They’re tweaking certain aspects of the game to work better indoors. This is in direct response to the lockdowns in many places around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They informed players of how they can continue to enjoy the game without ever having to step out the door. “We are adding to our product roadmap so we can enable more ways to play inside and around the home in the coming days and weeks, when the world needs it most,” reads their blog post.
Pokemon Go Making Indoor Play Convenient
The blog post broke down the changes that Niantic is making to Pokemon Go into four categories. The first one was related to exercise. Pokemon Go’s Adventure Sync feature will now track the player’s movement indoors.
So, if they perform activities such as cleaning their house, running on a treadmill, etc. those steps will count towards Pokemon Go’s various activities. They’re also promising improvements to further enhance Adventure Sync’s accuracy.
This should make certain tasks, specifically hatching eggs, quite comfortable. Before, players had to walk a certain number of kilometres in the real world to hatch their eggs. Now, walking around inside your house should count towards that.
Adapting The Social Aspect Of The Game
They’re also improving the social features of the game. Since players can’t meet their friends and partake in raids in person anymore, they’re soon going to allow them to do so from home. Additionally, all players may also be able to virtually visit their favourite real-world locations. This should give them access to PokeStops and other such areas.
Finally, they’re working on retooling how their live events will work. Specifically, they want to change the Pokemon Go Fest to allow players to enjoy it, even if they’re stuck indoors. All of these changes are on top of the previous tweaks they’ve made, too.
Pokemon Go is available for free on Android and iOS devices.