Pokemon Go’s latest patch introduces new gym- and pokestop-related mechanics that have hardcore players expressing frustration across social media. While the gym changes seem clearly designed to foster player competition, the pokestop nerf stops players moving in cars — including commuters on trains and passengers in vehicles — from accessing pokestops. It essentially turns the game into a walking/standing-only activity, which as a former California resident I can say would have been lovely this time of year, but not so much for colder places in the country (or more dangerous ones, for that matter).
Dailies are also live in the game this week.
“The daily bonuses reward you with XP and Stardust for your first catch of the day, and XP and extra items for your first Photo Disc spin of the day at a PokéStop. You’ll get an even bigger bonus if you complete these actions seven days in a row! To celebrate this feature, from November 7th to November 11th, you’ll find more Pokémon out in the world. Moreover, PokéStops will grant more items! Yes — this means more Great Balls, and for Trainers that are level 20 and above — more Ultra Balls!”
Meanwhile, Niantic is rolling out the nearby-tracking feature teased last week to parts of Arizona and the Seattle and San Francisco areas. You’ll recall that that the first version of the feature was pulled from the game last summer.