Pokémon GO Bonuses Coming To Reflect Pandemic Recovery
When the COVID-19 pandemic started impacting the world in a big way, a push to keep people home took place. That meant a lot of things for our lives. While we had much bigger concerns in 2020, one additional impact for Pokémon GO players was the end of the game as they knew it. Expertly, Niantic and The Pokémon Company shifted to events that could take place while people socially distanced at home. It went really well, even if we missed the social aspect of the game. Now, new Pokémon GO bonuses are inviting players to get back out and about if it is safe to do so in their region. Let’s talk about the game’s return to pre-pandemic gameplay and events.
New Exploration Bonuses in Pokémon GO Invite Players to Return to Exploration
Image Credit: Niantic & The Pokémon Company
In a new announcement, Niantic and The Pokémon Company seem to start the shift back to pre-pandemic gameplay features. The announcement comes as parts of the world see lower COVID-19 case numbers thanks in part to the vaccine. Full disclaimer: many parts of the world still do not have adequate access to the vaccine. Furthermore, the rollout of the vaccine is far from perfect in many countries taking to the process well. For those still struggling to get vaccines let alone put needles in arms, the pandemic is far from over.
That said, many places are opening back up in the United States and other countries. This seems to be continuing for the foreseeable future. Overall, Pokémon GO is going to start reintroducing parts of the game back into certain regions. Per the release, these changes include:
- New exploration bonuses that make it more rewarding to play outside are coming over the next several months, including bonuses for spinning stops, playing at in-person raids, and getting in those steps.
- Bonuses introduced last year that we plan to remove or change, tested first in the U.S. and New Zealand, followed by other countries and regions based on local conditions.
- Bonuses introduced last year that we are planning on keeping, including first catch of the day bonuses, GO Battle League and Trainer Battle requirements, and more.
If you’re still vulnerable to COVID-19, then it’s not worth getting back out to play a video game. That said, for those who are seeing the threat of the Coronavirus dampen, this is a fun way to get back out this summer and play. The History Of Pokémon GO and its impact was monumental, and no game could be a better way to celebrate a sense of normalcy for those who are able to take part.
Featured Image Credit: Niantic & The Pokémon Company
Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.