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Pokémon GO has managed to stay current for just under 6 years and even managed to get people to continue playing the title despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) thanks to very useful bonuses that it gradually removes from the game in order to make it more social and has just announced that it will remove one that did not leave fans very happy.
To invite users without putting their health at risk due to the pandemic, Niantic implemented measures and bonuses that made the title offer Pokémon encounters without leaving home, which made it enjoyable and could be played from the armchair without many restrictions.
Niantic, however, does not forget, the idea that gave rise to Pokémon GO: its social function and being able to discover the world from the game. With this in mind, in recent weeks Niantic has been determined to eliminate the bonuses that it implemented to gradually return to normality and that users who want to play Pokémon GO should take to the streets as the world begins to ease restrictions to contain the pandemic.
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Pokémon GO will no longer gift a very useful item
Something that helped the game a lot during the pandemic was the implementation of Remote Raid Passes in April 2020. These items allow players to join nearby Raids without having to be very close to a Gym (and potentially Raid from anywhere). part of the world thanks to invitations from friends).
To encourage users to stay in the game, Niantic began “giving away” Remote Raid Passes as part of bundles sold for 1 PokéCoin weekly, which also offered other items.
Unfortunately, this week’s batch of 1 Pokécurrency that ends today will be the last to include 1 Remote Raid Pass, as Niantic announced that as of May 23 these packages will no longer offer it, but there will be items that will replace it and They will rotate weekly.
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This is a mistake pic.twitter.com/OCyDTGtr6L
— Ethan (This Guy!) (@Ethan_ThisGuy) May 19, 2022
The rest seems good but this, this is a bad idea. pic.twitter.com/yJOU3RATq8
— Narwhal 611 (@Narwhal611) May 19, 2022
Wow, you’re taking the weekly remote raid passes from us. Just one bad decision after another with you.
— PardoAzoro (@Pardo_azoro) May 19, 2022
lol taking out remote raids for the 1 coin boxes? Y’all actually hate your player-base
— Caleb Adams (@CalebAdamss) May 19, 2022
Niantic raised the price of Remote Raid Passes
It is important to emphasize that what has been eliminated is the possibility of obtaining Remote Raid Passes from the batches of 1 Pokécurrency. It will still be possible to get these items through the in-game store.
However, it will no longer be so cheap to buy the cheapest bundle of Remote Raid Passes. The unit price of these items is 100 Pokécoins, but there was a batch of 3 with a reduced price of 250 Pokécoins (it was not an offer as such, so it was not a limited promotion). This is how it was sold until recently, which raised its price to 300 Pokécoins.
To put it in perspective, we tell you that the cheapest way to get Pokécoins by buying them is through packages of 100 Pokécoins in exchange for $0.99 USD or $9 MXNX (in the Google Play Store). Thus, it will be necessary to spend 27 pesos now if you want to get 3 Remote Raid Passes. Another detail to take into account is that the use of the pass does not ensure the defeat of the Raid Pokémon, much less its capture.
The interesting thing is that Niantic did not talk about this change in their statement, but instead made the change quietly and the modification appeared overnight in the in-game store.
Niantic is determined to return the social potential to Pokémon GO
In addition to this, Niantic confirmed in said statement that there will be new social functions for Pokémon GO. As part of these improvements, players will now be able to earn Mega Energy and XL Rare Candy as rewards for completing Local Raids.
“We hope that these features will make it easier for Trainers to communicate with each other, discover new communities, and enjoy local Raid battles,” said Niantic, which is also committed to improving the social experience over time.
While the community welcomed the improvements to the social features, many viewed the removal of the weekly Remote Raid Pass as a negative.
Thanks, but no thanks 💩💩💩💩💩
I play Pokémon GO less and less and I think it’s getting less… I don’t know if I want to buy the GO Fest pass, honestly I don’t know if it’s worth it, the game doesn’t motivate and I think it’s getting worse, but hey, they don’t listen to the Community and well, not like that…
— 🎀#1SelmiAC | CheeseCake 🍰🥰✨ (@TeamValorQro) May 19, 2022
If you want people to go out, remove the remote passes
– Lalo Ruiz (@ LaloRui70017642) May 20, 2022
As one user points out, if Niantic really wanted to get people to go out and interact in local Raids, they should remove Remote Raid Passes; after all, the pandemic restriction has been eased and it would really allow players to gather in local Raids like before.
It’s ironic that the game forces you to go out to find Pokémon, but allows Remote Raid Passes to join Raids from around the world. Thanks to this, the Remote Raid Passes undoubtedly represent a considerable income for Niantic and an important part of the endgame of the title, so it is very unlikely that they will be eliminated.
What do you think about the changes to Pokémon GO?, are you happy with them? Tell us in the comments.
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