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Pokemon GO: Has Niantic gone too far?

August 2, 2016 / 8:57 AM

By: Akeem Bacchus


Source: Forbes via Google Search


With the latest Pokemon GO update, Niantic has removed the most interesting feature in the game, tracking. In the bottom right corner there is a nearby section that displays all Pokemon in close proximity with an underlying “footprint” to help determine how far they are from you, the player. Less footprints meant they were closer and vice versa. This was the best way to go about hunting down and tracking Pokemon in the game, the problem? It was completely broken. Rather than try to fix the issue, Niantic Labs completely removed it, and mentioned nothing up until this morning where it seems it “may” get added in the future.


Source: Google Search

A short lived but popular site known as PokeVision (pictured above) launched and acted as a substitute which showed an overlying map and locations of Pokemon in a given area. This site has since been shut down voluntarily. Players go in blind and hope that a Pokemon they are looking for actually pops up, which is fine, but there should be a way to track them in the most basic sense, otherwise you could be endlessly heading in a direction and moving further away, possibly losing the chance to catch it.

Part of the joy of Pokemon GO was hunting down your favorites when they popped up, and with this new update, that is no longer an option. The biggest issue for me is the lack of communication from Niantic Labs, and personally speaking, don’t see how well Pokemon GO will hold up if something doesn’t change soon. I would love to hear thoughts on this, so feel free to sound off in the comments!

About the author /

Akeem is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Akeem has been gaming since he first picked up a SNES controller. While his PlayStation is his preferred platform, he loves gaming on all consoles.

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  1. Erik Huerta

    I personally never had success with the footprints feature and I still managed to find what I was searching for. People need to just stop whining and do the hard work to finding them. My 2 cents..

    • Akeem Bacchus

      I don’t disagree with you here. I found Pokevision not to be the best, but I also feel that the only reason it existed was because of how broken the footprint mechanic was. I do think an improved footprint mechanic would go a long way though.

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