Pokemon Go players are outraged after Niantic Lab rolled out an update killing a number of popular features, including one that helped locate nearby Pokémon.
The game's first substantial update removes the footprint tracking system meaning players now have to make do with a vague list of nearby Pokémon, rather than using the indicative footprint directions used previously. At the same time, third-party apps like Pokévision, which allowed players to spot where individual Pokémon were likely to pop up, have been forced to shut down.
Reddit user Chopkins9 said: “I looked for 15 minutes with no luck and [the Pokémon] disappeared, now I’m quitting Pokémon Go. What’s the point of this game without tracking?”
It was great in the early stages of the game, being able to track down Pokémon you didn’t have, and evolving them. Now it’s like, oh another Drowzee. Great. If I get a few more I can evolve a Hypno with maybe 10 CP higher than the best Hypno I have right now, which is one of a dozen Hypnos I’ve already evolved. It’s just tedious grinding with no real payoff.
The update also changed a number of other things about the app, including the ability to customize your trainer’s appearance, the dynamics of curveballs, tweaks for overpowered Pokemon in gym battles, and improving the way users transfer unwanted Pokémon to Professor Willow.
Another change that could prove frustrating is the removal of the battery-saving mode for users playing the game through iOS. There were reports that the feature made the game unresponsive, so it's likely it has only been removed temporarily until the bugs are fixed. In the meantime, you'll need to turn your screen brightness down and bring your portable battery pack on your Pokémon hunts.
Finally, each time you load the app, it'll now warn you to be careful when playing, not to trespass, and other common sense bits of advice. Because, as we know, it ain't safe out there. Download the update now.
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