Pokémon GO players in all parts of the world may soon be able to do their game activities from the comfort of their homes, according to Niantic.
As the pandemic continues to progress at a negative rate, more places are being locked down to control the spread of the virus.
That also means the group of people dedicated to ‘catch ’em all’ are unable to do so. Well, certainly not from the confines of their comfortable homes.
Niantic, however, is looking to change that. In light of the current situation, it mentions how they “believed that our games can include elements of indoor play”.
With that, it has features it’d like to roll out “in the coming days or weeks” to encourage such a playstyle, and they are:
- Exercise: While in-door exercises, like running on a treadmill do work, Niantic says they’ll add improvements to the app to work even better with such activities.
- Social: Niantic intends to provide a feature that allows players to stay in touch, non-physically. Apparently, they intend to allow players “to team up with friends and take on Raid Battles together in Pokémon GO from the comfort of home”.
- Explore: They also want to introduce a way for players to “virtually visit and share memories about their favorite real-world places”. That essentially means visiting places like PokéStops or Gyms while at home.
- Live Events: As Niantic had to cancel some of their events, they’re now looking at ways to bring that event to your homes. Though they’ve kind of done that already, they’re probably looking at ways to make it more exciting.
Here’s what all that info means in one sentence: Niantic is going to introduce its own way of spoofing.
For those who don’t know, some players get tools online to cheat their Pokémon GO usage. These players install a joystick and teleporter that allows them to go wherever they want while staying put.
Niantic has addressed this by banning such players from playing the game for varying durations, though it hasn’t been the most effective.
Now though, it looks like the tables have turned as Niantic is looking to learn from it. It’s quite ironic, yet understandable given the current situation.
They don’t mention if these soon-to-come features will stay, though I think it’s probably not. It’ll likely be until the situation passes.
The information is quite vague and it’s unclear exactly how their spoofing features will work, but I guess players will have to wait and see in the coming days or weeks.