The Pokemon Go players have spoken and Niantic finally listened.
Recently, Pokémon Go developer Niantic reverted the interaction range for PokéStops and Gyms back to its pre-pandemic range of 40 meters. Needless to say, the player base wasn’t thrilled with this move. Thankfully, the company decided to listen to players and revert the range to 80 meters.
For some players (myself included), the desire to play Pokémon Go was completely gone with the change. We all became so used to the longer range and benefits it offered that the game started to feel unplayable with the shorter 40-meter range.
Thankfully, Niantic made a statement in a tweet addressing the situation where it said it was reverting the change, bringing the range back to 80 meters.
Trainers — we’re looking forward to sharing our plans as a result of the task force on September 1, but one thing does not have to wait! From now on, 80 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokéStops and Gyms globally.
Thank you to everyone who made your voices heard. We’ve heard you and understand that this has been a welcome benefit to many players. We’ll share more next week.
Not only did the company revert the change, but it sounds like Niantic has some other exciting news to announce for Pokémon Go players on September 1. Whether these will be more pandemic-friendly changes or general tweaks to the gameplay remains to be seen, but the important thing is that the company has changed its mind and made the game enjoyable and safe for the pandemic again.
I tested the change with a gym that used to be accessible from my home, and I was able to interact with it again, so it does appear that Niantic has already implemented the change.