Pokemon Go has lost 80% of its users a year after launch

    
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Oh, yeah, all is well, totally.

There are two ways to look at the latest player numbers from Pokémon Go. The first is to say that things are downright peachy; after all, no one is going to scoff at five million players on a daily basis. You could, however, also point out that this down from a high around 28 million, which translates to an 80% loss in about a year. That may indicate a downward trend, which is more worrisome. You choose the narrative you wish to attach to the numbers!

Whatever narrative you prefer, it’s fairly clear that a lack of requested features, issues with battling and monster distribution, and the general fading novelty of the title all contributed to the drop. Only time will tell if the recent update adding the second generation of Pokémon into the game will reverse the trend over the long term or not.

Last week, Massively OP’s Andrew Ross penned a Soapbox on his frustration that the game still appears to be a tech demo. Worth a read if you’re also wondering about the game’s many problems!

Source: ComScore via VG24/7

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Melissa McDonald

Who ever believed it would keep those numbers? Collecting gets boring very quickly. It’s the real Pokémon fans who want to battle that were always going to keep playing, not the millions of curious people.
What we need to remember is that this was the first big scale Mixed / Augmented reality game that became a phenomenon and taught the world that the entire world can be the game map. That the little device in your purse or pocket was capable of showing you illusions using your camera and a bit of software magic. Not just VR, but also MR. That’s historic and significant.

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elitefunnew9

so it’s pretty much crashed like star citizen probably will

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Bruno Brito

Try harder.

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Pedge Jameson

The crows in the photo, ironic. :D

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Andrew Ross

I take’em, Bree makes great use of’em!

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Robert Mann

THIS is why IP isn’t a big deal to me. People jumped on IP, and it burned out just as fast when it was revealed to be lacking.

Add to that all the issues with mobile gaming, data usage, weather, cheating, anti-cheating, bad design… it had a lot going for it to fall apart from that high.

It reminds me a lot of the ‘Newness spike’ in so many other games, where people rush in, find there’s really nothing that great, and most leave.

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Kurt Shadle

While I’m sure winter hasn’t helped their numbers any since it’s an outdoor game I’m not surprised at all. They really haven’t addressed any of the issues and instead just put out gen 2. That means new pokemon and no actual fixes or improvements.

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Pedge Jameson

Your animations always give me a chuckle. :D

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Wanda Clamshuckr

Not surprised. It was a flash-in-the-pan fad.

I’m also VERY thankful it has died off as there was a hotspot a block and a half from my house. Every evening, our quiet neighborhood would be inundated with Pokepeople doing whatever it was they did, jamming up the streets with cars and leaving garbage behind when they left.

Good riddance.

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camren_rooke

I bet they were on your lawn too!

Damn fool kids!

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Greaterdivinity

You should rest your face, it looks tired.

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camren_rooke

I saw a video which offered an explanation of whats wrong with the faces. In short, the characters have no upper eyelids and you can see all or almost all of iris.

Just a quick image search of ‘face’ in google brings up a whole page of face on pictures and the eyes all have the top part of the iris obstructed by a lid and many have a part of the lower part of the iris covered.

Give these peoples eyelids so they can sleep!

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thisisbobbi

I left the game when we stopped being able to play it from the passengers’ seat even when going under 30 mph. Plus, like most people, I didn’t like the combat system. It surprises me how they still haven’t added in the features we were all waiting for a year ago.

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MesaSage

Wow, never saw this coming.