Due to this, players decided to organize and planned a boycott against Pokémon GO using #HearUsNiantic, in the hope that Niantic would reverse their decision. The community’s movement has already had an effect, as the criticism reached the ears of its developers.
Through a statement on their blog, Niantic reported they are aware of the criticism and as a result, the studio will analyze various proposals to provide an alternative to Pokémon trainers.
Niantic explained the adjustments were only made for now in the United States and New Zealand due to the health recommendations of each country. However, the US player base strongly disagreed with this decision, as the pandemic situation has not improved much.
"We reverted the interaction distance from 80 meters to the original 40 meters starting in the US and New Zealand because we want people to connect with real places in the real world and visit sites that are worth exploring," the studio commented.
The company reaffirmed it has always listened to feedback from its community, so they will reconsider adjustments for the game. To do this, they announced the creation of an internal team to develop proposals for the title and encourage players to explore the world.
In addition, the company undertook to address specific issues related to player interaction distance. After analyzing the situation and making a decision, the company will make the respective announcements on 1st September.
Despite the statement, many content creators around this community have shown their disappointment, with many claiming that Niantic is simply in a state of "damage control" "control damage".
In case you didn't see, Niantic put a response out to the GO Community's message. It's acknowledged but no change yet, just promises of a "taskforce". Let's hope that this actually provides results and isn't just a means to placate us for a monthhttps://t.co/fxqGohkEaq— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) August 6, 2021
Dear Niantic, you should ask people who are directly affected by your changes, disabled people and anyone else directly affected to join your task force. Those are the voices you should listen to. Thanks#HearUsNiantic— Ali (@alisunnybeary) August 6, 2021
It will be a matter of weeks to learn Niantic’s final decision, the result of which could affect the relationship between developer and player long after the pandemic is "over".
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