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Embracing Real-world Gaming from Home

Niantic has just released a new blog post from John Hanke on its official website detailing how they will be changing their games to migrate from having to get out and explore, to staying home and staying safe. Let’s take a look at what all was said pertaining to Pokémon GO.

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.

Playing Pokémon GO from Home

  • Adventure Sync is mentioned as a way to track your steps while doing indoor activities, and they also mention that improvements to the system are coming that will make it function better while staying indoors.
  • Remote Raids are seemingly coming soon to Pokémon GO. YESSSS! We cannot wait for this functionality!
  • Remotely PokéStops you have previously spun seems to also be on the radar for future release!
  • A completely new way to play Pokémon GO Fest is being worked on. What this means is yet to be seen. Will it be similar to how Safari Zone is now or will it be something completely different? Only time will tell.
Exercise: you can track your steps indoor with Adventure Sync so activities like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill count toward game achievements. We’re going to make improvements to Adventure Sync so it works even better with indoor movement and activities.

Social: we’re enhancing our in-game virtual social features to enable players to stay in touch when they can’t meet in real life. You’ll soon be able to team up with friends and take on Raid Battles together in Pokémon GO from the comfort of home.

Explore: we’re also looking into how we can help players virtually visit and share memories about their favorite real-world places, until they can once again visit them in person.

Live Events: we’re re-imagining what it means to participate in a Niantic live event this summer, and putting our creative energy towards bringing the excitement directly to your home. That means we’re working on an entirely new way to enjoy Pokémon GO Fest. More details coming soon!

GO BATTLE LEAGUE

GO Battle League is specifically mentioned as a recently released featured that you can play at home along with discounted Incense and Poké Balls.

We just launched a new form of gameplay in Pokémon GO called GO Battle League that you can play from anywhere in the world, including at home. We reduced the walking requirements for GO Battle League from 3 km to zero and introduced deeply discounted Incense and Poké Balls so people can catch Pokémon without traveling far. Gifts have more useful content and we increased storage so you can send and receive more gifts.

A Whole New World

Aladdin lyrics aside, this is indeed a whole new world we are all living now thanks to COVID-19. Niantic has been and will continue to put player safety first in these trying times. We applaud them on these efforts and cannot wait to see what features become available in the near future!

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