Even it’s most popular players have begun turning on Pokémon Go, so parent company Niantic, criticized for its long and constant silence, has finally issued a statement regarding changes to the game that have left players fuming.
The original controversy centered around a glitch to the tracking system, leaving all Pokémon with three ‘steps’ and no real indication of how far they actually are. After an update to the game the ‘step’ system wasn’t fixed, instead it was complety missing, leaving players with no way to track their beloved Monsters of the Pocket.
Niantic addressed the controversy in a statement today:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
– We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
– We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team
I think what would have made the game better, and the controversy avoidable, would have been to simply tell everyone about issues and fixes from the begining, instead of working ‘heads down’. Im going back to my original Game Boy version now.