Pokémon GO players have been riding through the pain of slow, or crashing servers ever since the game launched on July 6, almost a month ago. But, as it turns out, Niantic Labs and its servers are still overwhelmed by the number of people logging in, and playing the game every day. Niantic Labs CEO, John Hanke, has often tried to assure the audience his team is working hard to keep the servers up all the time, but the promise has found no real backing. In fact, a recent update to game has been quite a thorn in the side of Pokémon GO players, as the game has become glitchy, while the progress of some iOS users has been reset to zero.
With the game’s latest update, Niantic managed to do away with the buggy three-step tracker feature in the game instead of fixing it – upsetting the Pokémon GO crowds. To make matters worse, all third-party pokémon tracing maps were banned and shut down by Niantic – making what is hard to do even harder – finding pokémon. Niantic in a post on its website claimed that these “scrapers” (third party tracker apps) were consuming valuable resources from the servers; blocking which have allowed the company to proceed with the launch of the game in Latin America.
The game is not only buggy to play after the update; the update itself has come with issues for some iOS users, with some users running the Pokémon GO version 1.1.0 or earlier being redirected to an incorrect web address, when they are prompted to update within the app. Clicking “OK” on the prompt takes the user to beta.itunes.apple.com (TestFlight app) instead of the App Store. To resolve the issue, simply open up App Store and update the app from there.
In a Facebook post, the company explained the changes the update brought. “We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature. We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world.”
Trainers, a new bug affecting throw accuracy increases the odds of escape and omits the XP bonus. We are working on a fix, stay tuned…
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) August 4, 2016
The virtual monsters are now moving around more, and have in general become harder to catch with the new update. Players have reported they ended up wasting PokéBalls on even pokémon with low CP (combat power). This problem gets worse if you are a higher level in the game. PokéBalls are a limited resource, and can be bought through in-app purchases, making users resentful towards Niantic’s motives with the change. A recent tweet from the company has assured the users they acknowledged the difficulty in catching Pokémon now, and are working on a fix.
The company has apparently also changed the time between game scans (for Pokémon) from five seconds to 10 seconds. This will make it even more difficult for players who like to play the game on a bike or in a car.
The faulty egg hatching counter that has plagued players since the game’s launch, and the removal of the battery saver option has also left players angry. Niantic however has promised the battery saver option will come back with a new update of the game in the coming few days. John Hanke recently announced the game will eventually bring new features, with more Pokémon and the introduction of Pokémon Centres.