Jul
31

13537507_923227357823823_7638997609931600683_nUnless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last month you’ll have seen a load of people walking around capturing virtual Pokemon characters, as part of the whirlwind popular mobile game PokemonGo by Ninatic.

img9944jpgThe App has been riddled with issues around stability of servers and in-game bugs, perhaps one of the biggest bugs comes down to tracking Pokemon on the near by list, originally players would walk around trying to get a number of footsteps indicator to drop indicating that they were getting closer to the Pokemon they’re trying to catch. Unfortunately that feature has never really worked, most Pokemon just seem to maintain the same distance away.

However this is where sites like PokeVision stepped in, they reverse engineered the PokemonGo API, captured the data which shows the location of Pokemon, clearly against the terms of service but a lot of people have been using it.

The Update

Niantic released an update last night which had a number of documented changes:

  • Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
  • Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Modified battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updates to the Pokémon details screen
  • Updated achievement medal images
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

Particularly of interest are two changes in the game which we’ll cover below, it seems like this should really change the dynamic of how people play the game, and find their beloved characters.

Blocking of API

They’ve blocked or changed how their API works, clearly part of this is to stop the 3rd party websites like Pokevision from working, which makes sense as they can be considered a way of people cheating the system.

We can see that Pokevision have already tweeted about this:

Removal of FootSteps

pokemon-nearby3What really doesn’t make sense is they’ve completely removed the footsteps feature that people can use to try get closer to a Pokemon, although it didn’t work before, this was considered the legitimate way to find the Pokemon.

It seems illogical that they would remove a 3rd party tool before releasing their own, or fixing the problem within the App.

I’m guessing that loads of compaines/people like Pokevision will be rushing around in the back ground to find what changes were made to the API, and how they can get their websites up and running again, as with this change there will be even more demand.

What’s your thoughts, surely there will be another update coming out very quick?


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