The phrase “Gotta catch ’em all” just became more difficult. The trend of Pokémon Go has continued to grow even while some fans aren’t completely satisfied with most of the recent updates. Some of the updates to the IOS and Android devices include removing the footprints which helped players search for nearby Pokémon and eliminating Pokévision, a third party that players used to help them map out certain Pokémon locations. Niantic has had a legal dispute with this developer and those who’ve took advantage of the program. Pokévision has since shut themselves down posting a Tweet a few days ago:
What Was ‘Pokémon Go’s’ Latest Update That Has Everyone Frustrated?
With the never ending bugs that continues to plague this popular app, Niantic has tried to find ways to better improve the quality of the game. With trades and battling friends being in popular demand right now, Niantic is also working on making the game more of a challenge for players. Pokémon Go’s latest update has now made it more difficult to catch even the smaller CP (combat power) Pokémon that can be found in the wild.
I noticed this the other day while playing the game. A small Caterpie with a 10 CP popped up on my phone. After finally catching the damn thing, I realized that I had used roughly 10 regular Poké Balls to capture him. 10 Poké Balls for a 10 CP Pokémon! That’s insane!
Why The Change In The First Place?
Well one thing is for sure, it’s definitely more of a challenge to try and conserve your Poké Balls. If you happen to be running low and find a Pokémon with a lower level CP, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth risking even one Pokéball on that particular pocket monster. Unless you live in an area that is prevalent with many PokéStops, it may not be worth trying to catch that Pokémon.
Basically what I’m trying to say is that it’s important to conserve your Poké Balls for only the necessary Pokémon. If you were to come across something rare in your area, you may be disappointed in yourself that you used up too many Poké Balls to catch that one distinct Pokémon and have now run dry. Unfortunately, that has happened to me too many times and will now make it tougher for me to pick my battles.
I believe that the main reason Niantic has chosen to feature this update, is to hopefully garner more revenue from players. Think about it: If you made the game harder to catch even the “easiest” Pokémon, you will most likely have players become more susceptible to in-app purchases. This will then almost force players to purchase more unnecessary Poké Balls because they will run out much faster.
I myself enjoy a challenge, but if the reasoning behind it is to make players waste more Poké Balls on Pokémon, then that is really unfortunate.
What Are Fans Saying?
You’ve already read my opinion on the matter, so lets see what those on the internet are saying about this whole debacle:
Most of the frustration seems to boil down to as one player calls it, a “cash grab.” I tend to agree with him, even though I myself am hoping that better updates are to come. The positive vibes are starting to fade away. Even the app store now has the Pokémon Go ratings at a measly 2/5 stars. That being said, I am still enjoying the hell out of this game! It’s pretty incredible that a game like this even exists! Technology today continues to impress me, and I hope that Pokémon Go will only continue improve for the better.
Those are my thoughts on the latest Pokémon Go update. What do you think of the news? Are you up for a challenge or do you think it’s more of a cash grab for Niantic? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comment section below and don’t forget to share!
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