Pokemon Go players in the U.S. and most of Europe will finally receive a working “Nearby” tracker. This comes after months of complaints from players who could not find Pokemon in the augmented reality-based game. By doing this, the location-based app is fixing its biggest problem for most players, says Business Insider.
Good news for Pokemon Go players
In recent weeks, Niantic Labs, the creator of the game, has been making the tracker available slowly to more players, but until now, the basic feature has been restricted to American players west of the Mississippi River, notes BI.
Trainers, we are expanding the test variation of the Nearby Pokémon feature to new areas. https://t.co/o6oc92hZ0B
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 1, 2016
In a blog post on Wednesday, Niantic said, “We will be expanding the Nearby Pokemon feature to the rest of the continental United States and large parts of Europe. We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary.”
The tracker allows players to see where Pokemon are located on the map based on their proximity to nearby Pokestops. Pokestops are virtual stops meant for collecting items that are associated with physical locations in the actual world. For months, players have been left to blindly stumble upon Pokemon because there was no tracker.
Largely reliant on Pokestops
Pokemon GO players have been quite split so far on the effectiveness of the new trackers, with some saying the feature is working flawlessly and others stating that it is causing more issues than before. Many players on Reddit have reported that they are facing problems with the accuracy of the new tracker. Those problems will hopefully be fixed by the developer as the tracker is made available to everyone.
On the other hand, many players have expressed their appreciation and thanked the developer for making the in-game tracker much more effective than before. Players have, however, pointed out that the new feature is largely reliant on the Pokestops which are found close to the gamers’ locations, notes Inquisitr. Mostly players residing in rural areas noted this fact as Pokestops are located far apart and are very rare in rural areas.
Nevertheless, the revamped Nearby Pokemon feature will surely add some incentives for Pokemon Go players who are accessing the mobile title on a regular basis. If the gaming giant continues its pace, then it won’t be long before the revamped tracker comes to other regions as well.