Niantic task force Pokémon GO pandemic distance 80 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokéStops and Gyms globally pokemon go

Balancing all the mechanics in a live-service video game is an endless juggling act in the best of circumstances, but when you’re talking about an augmented reality game like Pokémon GO amid a global pandemic, the complications only grow exponentially. As such, Niantic distressed a lot of players when it announced back in June that it would be gradually rolling back many of the measures that it had established during the pandemic to let everyone play the game safely. But in the face of vocal backlash, Niantic said it would create a task force to reassess Pokémon GO protocols pertaining to the pandemic and social distancing, and the first thing that task force has decided is “80 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokéStops and Gyms globally” from now on.

As Niantic explained on Twitter, its Pokémon GO task force will have more findings to share on September 1, but tweaking base interaction radius / distance for PokéStops and Gyms is an important and necessary step 1. People want to play the game; they don’t want to randomly mess with their health while doing so. That’s a pretty fair request, really.

Speaking of distance and Pokémon GO, at a distance from that game is Niantic’s other AR Nintendo game in development, a Pikmin mobile game that was recently reconfirmed to be launching later this year.

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John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!

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