Pokémon Stay? Niantic is updating Pokémon Go so you can play from home

April 17, 2020

Pokémon Go will soon get a bit easier to play at home—even from that indent you have created in your couch over the past few weeks, Fast Company reports.

The augmented reality mobile game was a smash hit when AR pioneer Niantic launched it in 2016. That may be eons in technology time—but Pokémon Go is still quite popular to

However, the COVID-19 lockdowns have made the most compelling features of Pokémon Go so impracticable, so, San Francisco-based Niantic has announced that it is working on “new and exciting gameplay that can be enjoyed both from home and when we’re able to go out and explore together again.”

According to Fast Company, Remote Raids is the big change coming to players nextRaid Battles, added to the game in 2017, enable players to get together at a physical spot to battle powerful pokémon. “Soon,” Niantic says, “you’ll be able to join any Raid Battle you can see on the Nearby screen or that you can tap on the map.”

Indeed, TechCrunch reports the feature will be “live in the coming days.”

Niantic teased other updates in the works, “including improved battle-screen design” and bonus Field Research “activities that you can complete from home.” Check out Niantic’s blog for more details.

Research contact: @FastCompany

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