Niantic has “no intention at this time” of removing remote raids from Pokemon Go

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Niantic is always looking for new ways to get Pokemon Go players back to playing in person, but that won’t do away with remote raids. That’s the message received during a recent roundtable with Pokemon Go director Michael Steranka.

“We have no plans at this time to remove remote raids for regular raid tiers – one, three and five star raids,” Steranka said, “but we have been keen to research opportunities for players to get back to playing in person.”

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The Pokemon Go community is growing increasingly concerned that Niantic is ending remote raiding for good. Introduced in April 2020 in response to Covid-mandated lockdowns, Remote Raids allow Pokemon Go players to raid from the comfort of their homes. However, players found the feature so convenient that many continued to raid remotely even after the lockdowns were lifted.

Niantic tried not-so-gently to encourage players to return to in-person raids by removing Remote Raid Passes from the PokeCoin event box of the in-game store, and also increasing the cost of a three-pack. remote raid passes from 250 to 300 PokeCoins. . However, as our own Eric Switzer writes, the decision came across as “greedy and coercive”.

Steranka confirmed that Niantic has heard from Pokemon Go players on this issue. Remote raids will remain, but Niantic plans to suspend more cores to encourage players to return outdoors, starting with this Saturday’s Community Day incentive.

“We definitely did everything we could to meet players where there were – where they were forced to be because of the pandemic,” Steranka said. “Pokemon Go is always about exploring the world around you. I think, unfortunately, the pendulum has swung a little too far to have the full Pokemon Go experience from the comfort of your couch. And that’s just not not where we want to be as a product.

“Our approach will generally be to introduce new features and functionality to promote [in-person play]rather than abandoning remote raids, which we know players have come to love over the past two years,” he added.

In other Pokemon Go news, Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Ultra Beasts are coming to Pokemon Go Fest. Each city will get its own Ultra Beast, with Berlin giving festival-goers the chance to meet Pheromosa, Seattle the chance to meet Buzzwole, and Sapporo attendees the chance to catch Xurkitree. In-person attendees will be offered a new type of Poke Ball called the Beast Ball that will help trainers catch an Ultra Beast as part of a special search during the event.

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