Last week Niantic’s CEO hinted that they would be cracking down on third-party apps for Pokemon GO. The developers decision to do so came a lot quicker than players had anticipated though.
Not only that, but a recent update to the app removed a feature of the game that helped players track nearby Pokemon. People were not very happy about this. It irritated many gamers.
These changes make it much harder for gamers to find and catch Pokemon around them, so players are accusing them of “breaking” the game. The good news is that Niantic has now come forward with an explanation behind their recent actions. Addressing the blocking of third-party apps, Niantic says, “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. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an… interesting… challenge.”
As for the removal of that Pokemon GO feature, the developer says, “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.”
Naturally, the explanation hasn’t pleased any of the upset gamers. Stay tuned.