Pokémon usually angers its players not only in one of its titles or product, but in multiple to such a degree that it is common to have the image of a fan of the series as that of a constantly dissatisfied user. Well, now the title that is causing it is Pokémon GO thanks to a new and controversial measure by Niantic.
One of the goals of Pokémon GO was to invite players to explore their real world while catching Pokémon. However, this changed due to the pandemic, as Niantic had to adapt to the challenging period and make it possible for players to continue enjoying the title without taking to the streets.
Conveniently, just as the pandemic began, in April 2020, Niantic launched Remote Raid Passes, which allowed players to join Raids from home, one of the main attractions of the game, as they allow the user to get legendary, rare and rare Pokémon. until its shiny form. In fact, Remote Raid Passes are one of Niantic’s main revenues, as players buy them to participate in many Raids in order to get shiny creatures (1/20 chance).
Well, within the framework of its 3rd anniversary, the developer announces a highly controversial measure.
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How much will Remote Raid Passes cost in Pokémon GO?
Weeks ago, thanks to datamines, indications were found in the game files that Niantic wanted to limit Remote Raid Passes and through a statement on the game’s official page, the company has just confirmed that changes are coming for these items.
According to the details, the adjustments will take effect on April 6 and thanks to them, the Remote Raid Passes will not only be able to be used in a limited way, but will also be more expensive.
Remote Raid Passes will no longer cost 100 PokéCoins, but 195 (95% increase). Players who want to get a better price will have to buy the 3-pack, which will no longer cost 300 PokéCoins, but 525.
After the change, players will only be able to use 5 Remote Raid Passes per day, nothing more. But this could “change and increase in special events”. Before, players had to do 20 Remote Raids (buy 20 Remote Raid Passes) to get 1 shiny Pokémon (approximately), but after the change, they won’t be able to, instead if they don’t leave home they will be able to get 1 shiny Pokémon from Raid every 4 days (approximately).
To encourage face-to-face Raids, Niantic will add a 3-Pack of Premium Battle Passes (allowing you to join face-to-face Raids) with a value of 250 Pokécoins, apart from those who participate in person will earn more Candy ++ (XL). Additionally, research achievements may offer Remote Raid Passes. If the player already has the limit of Remote Raid Passes stored in the Bag (5), this will be converted to 1 Premium Battle Pass.
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Why will Remote Raid Passes cost more in Pokémon GO?
Niantic indicates that since its debut in 2020, “Remote Raid Passes have dominated the gaming experience in Pokémon GO” in a way that they did not expect and, apparently, do not now want for the title.
Clearly, Niantic wants more players to consume Pokémon GO as planned from the beginning, taking to the streets. Or maybe you want users to explore the different features of the game, such as the Battle League (online battles).
“We believe this change is necessary to ensure the long-term health of the game. We do not do it lightly. We feel it is a necessary step that brings us closer to our goal of preserving and enhancing the unique gameplay experience of Pokémon GO, a game that we hope they continue to enjoy in the future,” the company said.
Pokémon GO fans are not happy with the change to Remote Raid Passes
It is somewhat commendable that Niantic continues to strive to be faithful to one of the fundamentals of the game: inviting the player to discover the world while playing, in addition to ensuring that players do not wear out their interest in the title. It is understood, but the problem is that it is not 2016.
When the game first came out, it was easy to find other users playing and participating in Raids, today even in big cities it’s hard to match up with other players in a specific gym, apart from the tools offered by the game (or auxiliary applications from Niantic) are not the best and in the end it is the players who have to agree with their own friends in advance to go on a Raid. For the above reasons, Remote Raids are best.
However, fans around the world did not receive this change in the best way; in fact, the outrage it caused is similar to what there was when Niantic announced that it would reduce the radius of interaction after the pandemic.
The fans raised their voices and a lot of Pokémon GO content creators dedicated a video expressing their disagreement after Niantic’s controversial decision.
Welp Pokémon GO is killing remote raids sick
— MYSTIC7 (@MYSTIC7) March 30, 2023
Have to admit, I find your dedication to the “let’s go outside” notion admirable in the face of damaging your revenue stream and annoying your userabase.
— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) March 30, 2023
If he is completely true to his philosophy, Niantic should one day completely remove Remote Raid Passes from Pokémon GO, but will this ever happen? Only time will tell.
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