Niantic stated on Wednesday that it will reverse at least one of its controversial Pokémon Go gameplay adjustments. The corporation is constantly extending the distance you can be from real-world Pokéstops and Gyms while still being able to engage with them. The new base limit is 80 meters (262 feet), the same distance Niantic set when the outbreak began.
Niantic restored the in-game contact distance back to 40 meters (131 feet) in the US and New Zealand at the beginning of August, much to the dismay of fans who had benefited from the improved accessibility and COVID-19 safety the move provided. Niantic has now promised that the increased distance will be maintained indefinitely, along with other adjustments that will be announced on September 1st.
All of the information can be found in Niantic’s changelog, but it’s worth mentioning the other adjustments that are still in effect in the United States. Incense, which was used to lure wild Pokemon before the pandemic, will be less effective unless you’re moving, much as it was before the outbreak. Changes to Buddy Pokémon’s gift frequency are also set in stone.
Niantic’s decision demonstrates that the corporation is prepared to adapt to the requirements of its players. This could be due in part to Niantic’s internal “task force” formed to handle player concerns and the possibility of a boycott. On September 1st, Niantic wants to “present the conclusions of this task force by the next in game season change.” Sticking to a longer interaction distance till then is a solid first step.