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Pokémon Go Updates Players on the Status of Remote Raids

Pokémon Go developer Niantic spoke about the remote raid function it installed as a result of the pandemic and the odds of it remaining.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has slowly removed a number of features it added in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the company took time to address whether remote raids might be axed as well.

While speaking with Eurogamer reporter Tom Phillips, Pokémon Go game director Michael Steranka spoke about the in-person raids designed for the game’s latest Community Day launching this weekend. The addition of in-person raids again led to many fans expressing fears Pokemon Go might do away with remote raids altogether, but Steranka said that isn’t the case. “We have no intention right now of removing remote raiding for the regular tiers of raiding – one, three and five-star raids – but we haven’t been shy about the fact we’re looking at oppurtunities for players to get playing in person again,” he said.

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“Our approach is generally going to be to introduce new functionality and features to promote [in-person play], rather than retiring remote raiding, which we know players have grown to love over the past two years,” Steranka continued. He noted that the pandemic-era changes were intended to be temporary, but some features such as remote raids and the dropped walking requirement for Pokémon Go‘s PVP Go Battle League gained enough popularity for them to remain in place.

“We definitely did everything we could to meet players where there were – where they were forced to be because of the pandemic,” Steranka said. “[But] Pokémon Go remains about exploring the world around you. I think unfortunately the pendum swung a little bit too far to having the complete Pokémon Go experience from the comfort of your couch. And that’s just not where we want to be as a product.”

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Pokémon Go Fest 2022 announced the addition of more Ultra Beasts from the Sun and Moon games, with individuals appearing in specific locations in three different cities worldwide — Phermosa in Berlin, Buzzwole in Seattle and Xurkitree in Sapporo. The fest concludes on August 27 with a one-day event featuring a Special Research story, new Pokémon, prizes and more. Those who purchased a ticket for the two-day event in June will receive one for the final for free, while those that missed out will need to buy a ticket to participate in August.

Pokémon Go is available for download on the App Store and Google Play Store.

Source: Eurogamer

Julia Anderson is the Lead Gaming News Editor for CBR. She is a life-long gamer and bookworm, spending most of her childhood either glued to a novel or the computer. As a teen, she found herself deeply embedded in the fanfiction community and discovered her talent for writing and editing. Since then, she’s run her own freelance writing and editing business, Anderson Wordsmith. When she isn’t reading or playing D&D, RPGs, or stealth-based games, Julia is usually found imitating old age: drinking herbal tea in her favorite chair, crocheting, and watching a Shakespeare or Jane Austen adaptation with her faithful dog, Ben.

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