Niantic Testing Improvements to the Pokémon GO Experience

New features are coming to Pokémon GO soon. These changes are intended to introduce and encourage new players to join the Pokémon GO community.

These improvements will not only help new Trainers adapt to the game, but current players can also expect quality of life improvements that will have a positive impact on the overall gaming experience.

Niantic intends to work to improve the gaming experience for everyone with each new update. These specific changes mentioned in this announcement may be minor, but they will help in the big picture to make Pokémon GO bigger and better.

From the official announcement

Coaches: In the coming months, we will be testing small gameplay tweaks in certain parts of the world.

We continually strive to improve the Pokémon GO experience. As such, we want to ensure that the changes we make are beneficial and have a strong and positive impact on the broader community, as well as the experience of each individual Trainer, before launching them globally. We appreciate community support, especially within these regions, as we tested variations of these features to understand what works best.

New game features

These are the new features that will be implemented in the coming months:

  • Nickname Suggestions for New Coaches.

Nickname suggestions will help new Trainers who may have a hard time choosing the perfect name on their Pokémon GO journey.

  • An expanded set of tips for the coach.

We’ve seen an early look at these coach tips on the loading screen, which is a subtle but enjoyable update that can help newer players gain additional insights they may not have known about the game before.

Tips for the Pokémon GO loading screen
  • New PokéStop features.

Niantic mentions new PokéStop features. As of now, we don’t have much information on this specific change, but we can assume that there will be good things soon.

  • Egg hatching updates, including option to skip hatching animation.

The Egg hatch update is something that many trainers will appreciate. Having the option to skip the hatching animation will greatly enhance the gaming experiences and also save a lot of time.

I’m sure we’ve all been in the situation of going on a raid at the last minute, but then having all the eggs known to man hatching in your inventory … I know I did! This will eliminate situations like that, benefit XP grinders, and be a nice feature that we’ll all finally have access to soon.

  • A special investigation story that introduces new Trainers to the world of Pokémon GO..

We can assume that this will grant useful items for new Trainers that will give them a head start on their journey and possibly they will also be able to catch some strong Pokémon.

Thank you for continuing to help us improve Pokémon GO. We look forward to seeing the results of our experiments, and we look forward to rolling out the final versions of these features to all players once testing is complete and we have confirmed that the updates are working as intended.

Be aware of your surroundings and follow the guidelines of local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Make sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receive push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay up to date. For the latest news on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check out this help center article.

Parting words

Here are some cool features to keep an eye out for in the months to come.

Encouraging new Trainers to try Pokémon GO can be a rewarding experience, both figuratively and literally with the newly introduced rewards program that can grant you bonus items and encounters with rare Pokémon.

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To participate in the rewards program, simply click on your avatar profile, scroll down to Friends, and click ‘Invite’ to share your referral code with a future Coach.

Remember to stay safe and happy hunting!
Adam ‘Avrip’
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