Pokémon GO Trainers will soon be able to join Raid Battles with friends without having to leave their homes, Niantic announced Monday.
Since its launch in 2016, Pokémon GO has brought together hundreds of millions of players worldwide. The hit mobile game has also created the motivation for players to get outside and exercise while catching their favorite Pokémon.
Due to the ongoing global pandemic in which COVID-19 (coronavirus) has caused, the social connection and bonding between Pokémon GO players has become quite strained. And there’s no telling how long the virus will continue to have people socially distant or self-quarantined in their residences.
But Niantic is about to change the way Pokémon GO players experience its game. “We’re enhancing our in-game virtual social features to enable players to stay in touch when they can’t meet in real life,” said Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke in a memo. “You’ll soon be able to team up with friends and take on Raid Battles together in Pokémon GO from the comfort of home.”
Hanke didn’t elaborate any further on Raid Battles, nor did he give any indication for when players could see the new feature. However, it’s a change that many players will embrace during this difficult time in our society.
The Niantic team plans to incorporate other changes, too. “You can track your steps indoor with Adventure Sync so activities like cleaning your house and running on a treadmill count toward game achievements,” Hanke said. “We’re going to make improvements to Adventure Sync so it works even better with indoor movement and activities.”
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