Niantic has just released a new update for both iOS and Android and it was a massive update that has some players quite upset.
- Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen
- Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon
- Refined certain Gym animations
- Improved memory issues
- Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
- Modified battle damage calculation
- Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
- Updated Pokémon details screen
- Updated achievement medal images
- Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
- Minor text fixes
So after spending some time with the update, there are some much needed updates such as the text fixes, and improved memory issues. But also some very major changes that do not appear to be for the better. With the 3 step glitch that has been lingering since day one, Niantic has decided to turn footsteps off completely instead of addressing the issue with 3 step, so now it is hard to track Pokémon that are nearby and is more of a guessing game. At the same time, pokevision, a tracker that was very helpful in tracking nearby Pokémon has been asked to cease and desist by Niantic/Nintendo, and it looks like this service is gone for good.
The battle move damage values affected quite a few of the characters and you can really see this when battling with Vaporeon during basic battle moves as he has been nerfed quite a bit.
Another change we noticed is that it is much more difficult to catch Pokémon now..simple captures that required 1 or 2 poke balls in the past are taking 4 or 5 poke balls and in some cases even great balls, and when visiting poke stops we appear to be getting a lot less poke ball, great balls, and ultra balls then prior to the update. While hunting in a local park where hundreds of other gamers were also seeking to find some rare pokemon, we overheard many conversations about this change and how many Pokémon had actually run away after even one toss of a poke ball. It would appear Niantic is looking to increase sales of in-app purchases, but with disabling the tracker, and making capture more difficult, it is more likely to push people away from the game.
Never in all my years of gaming have I seen a game go so viral and captivate so many people but I truly hope they are ready to keep everyone happy and coming back for more. Only time will tell but with this first major update, it appears to have more bad then good.
A reddit thread started earlier this morning, with users requesting refunds for their in-app purchases after the update broke basic functionality that existed prior.