Pokémon GO

Trainers, rejoice. A new update is coming soon to Pokemon Go that will allow you to track steps even when the app is not open. This feature is easily one of the most requested by members of the Pokemon Go community. Even those that play Pokemon Go on occasion will find a lot to like in this update.

How does it work?

Adventure Sync, as it is called, will work with the iOS HealthKit and Android Google Fit apps to track your daily activity. Each week, the apps will sync, providing players information on their weekly steps and calories burned. Once the data is sent over to Pokemon Go, players will have their steps applied to their gameplay. This will allow players to evolve eggs faster, many of which required 10 kilometers of walking with the application open. The game will also provide rewards based on a player’s activity the previous week.

Adventure Sync is especially good news for runners, many of which did not have their steps tracked in Pokemon Go originally. For some reason, the game refused to count steps that occurred above a certain speed. As a result, runners would come back from 5-mile runs with just a few hundred steps registered. Adventure Sync will theoretically allow all steps to count, regardless of the activity type.

An entire platform

Adventure Sync is not available just yet, but its release is planned sometime in the next few weeks. More interestingly, Niantic CEO John Hanke said Adventure Sync is not going to be used just for Pokemon Go, but is a supported platform that will presumably be used in other mobile titles as well.

“Adventure Sync, which is first being implemented in Pokémon GO, gives players the ability to record their steps with just the phone in their pockets,” wrote John Hanke in a blog on Niantic’s website. “This key feature unlocks a wide variety of gameplay opportunities on the Niantic Real World Platform, serving as an efficient and phone-friendly high-engagement tool that inspires players to head out into their local communities.”

Even more surprising are some of Niantic’s activity statistics. According to the company, Pokemon Go players have walked 53 percent more in 2018 compared to 2017. Most trainers also said they felt the game improved their physical activity. 70 percent of players said the game has motivated them to walk more on average.

Pokemon Go launched well over two years ago and is on its fourth generation of Pokemon, yet its community stays strong. Will Adventure Sync improve the amount you play Pokemon Go?

Eli Pales
Eli buys virtually every Nintendo title that comes out but has expanded his collection to include amiibo. He hasn't taken them out of their boxes, though, so he might be a bit insane. When not playing video games, Eli likes writing about politics and games. He also runs a decent amount. Outside.

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