Niantic reinstates 80 metre interaction distance in Pokémon Go

Originally published on GamesIndustry.biz by Danielle Partis

Decision to roll back to original 40 metre radius incited criticism from the community

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Pokémon Go maker Niantic has reversed an update that changed the game’s interaction radius from 80 metres to 40 metres, following feedback from the community.

The company shared the decision in a tweet, confirming that the base interaction radius for points of interest — such as a Pokéstop or a Gym — will be 80 metres from now on.

The distance that players needed to be from an interactive point in the game was doubled during the pandemic to encourage social distancing, meaning players could still enjoy

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