Pokemon Go Adds Additional Gameplay Bonuses In Next Update

Niantic’s Pokémon GO continues to introduce additional post-pandemic gameplay perks and incentives to its hugely successful augmented-reality smartphone game. Players will be able to get greater exploration-based prizes as a result of these improvements. This is one of a number of recent Pokémon GO improvements aimed at attracting both long-time players and newbies to the game.

The gameplay of Pokémon GO, as an augmented reality game, consists largely on navigating around the real world while interacting with in-game objects at the same time. The game’s numerous social features, such as gyms and PokéStops, became less appealing as a result of the worldwide COVID-19 virus and related lockdowns, as players naturally became wary of public areas or were banned from attending them at all by regional lockdowns. While the game has remained popular, Niantic is hopeful that these new improvements will restore it to its pre-pandemic grandeur.

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Niantic revealed some of the upcoming limited-time gameplay benefits in an official release, as well as the elimination of Pokémon GO’s epidemic gameplay modifications. A 10X experience multiplier while spinning a PokéStop for the first time, enhanced incense (an item that attracts Pokémon) efficacy while on the go, and guaranteed presents from PokéStop visits are among the future bonuses.

Following this year’s Pokémon GO Fest, bonuses implemented during the epidemic, such as enhanced incense efficacy while at home, will be withdrawn. According to the announcement, some elements added during the pandemic, such as the first catch of the day bonus and enhanced incense duration, will remain in the game permanently.

These modifications will go into effect at the end of July and will last until September 2021. (note that this timeframe applies to players in the U.S. and New Zealand only, with other countries receiving the update on a separate, undisclosed schedule).

While many games grew in popularity as a result of the epidemic, Pokémon GO, with its unorthodox form of hybrid AR gaming, was sure to suffer as players spent more time at home than ever before. Niantic is basically attempting to return the game to its original design philosophy: an experience based on real-world interaction and social engagement with this update. Exploration and mobility are two major elements of this concept, thus rewarding players with gifts and improved opportunities for Pokémon encounters should boost overall involvement.

These additional elements may not be essential to ensure Pokémon GO’s continuing success, given the game’s enduring fan base and the easing of pandemic-era limitations. They might, however, make Pokémon GO even more popular than before, putting Niantic’s COVID-era concerns to rest.

Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc
Christian Allen Tandoc is a frantic writer, blogger, and ghostwriter. He quit his office job as an Applications Engineer for the love of writing. When he’s not working, he’s either playing with his PS4 or his 1-year old daughter.

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