When the Covid-19 pandemic first appeared last year, Pokémon Go– a game based entirely on the idea of moving freely outdoors – had to go through some changes as people all over the world faced locks and movement restrictions.
However, with the light in the tunnel in some parts of the world, the developers at Niantic will begin testing revisions of the game that will do so Reset Covid-related optimizations to Pokémon Gos
Niantic announced the updates on the game’s website, and they take the form:
As we said last month the way we all play has changed much in the past 15 months. With the onset of the global pandemic, we realized we needed to change the model for all of our games. We could no longer take it for granted to go outside and meet people.
We learned a lot. Thank you for joining us as we continue to navigate these together.
Today, as some parts of the world are moving towards recovery, we announce:
– New exploration bonuses making it more rewarding to play outside are coming in the next few months, including bonuses for spinning stops, playing in personal raids, and getting on those steps.
– Bonuses introduced in the last year that we would like to remove or change, tested first in the US and New Zealand, followed by other countries and regions based on local conditions.
– Bonuses introduced last year that we want to keep, including bonuses for the first catch of the day, requirements for GO Battle League and Trainer Battle, and more.
As you can see in this second listing, the game’s updates and reworks won’t roll out globally all at once, because Covid restrictions and bans vary so widely between cities and countries. So Niantic will be testing them in two places that people are now allowed outside: in the US (due to the high vaccination rate + number of people who just don’t care) and New Zealand (which hardly had a case after the borders were closed ).
For everyone else, Niantic says:
We will be making these bonuses available in other countries and regions as it is safe to do so. We understand that every place is different. Rest assured, we will monitor the situation and activate appropriate bonuses when and where available. Because of this, coaches can receive different bonuses at different times.