Niantic announces changes to Pokemon GO raids

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Hailed as a revolutionary game upon its release, Pokémon GO has managed to stay relevant even after all these years. The recent announcement of changes to the game’s Raids feature, however, has not been met with the same enthusiasm.

In a blog post on the official Pokémon GO website, Niantic announced that they would be making changes to the way Remote Raids work. Starting from April 2021, any player who wants to participate in a Remote Raid must have a Remote Raid Pass. These passes can be purchased from the in-game store for 100 PokéCoins, or earned by completing certain in-game tasks.

While the concept of a paywall for a feature is not new, players are unhappy with the fact that Niantic is making this change without any warning. Furthermore, the change means that players who do not have a Remote Raid Pass will not be able to participate in any Remote Raids, even if they are in the same physical location as the raid.

This change has been met with a lot of backlash from the Pokémon GO community, with many calling for a boycott of the game. Some even go as far as to say that this is the end of Pokémon GO.

only time will tell if Niantic’s latest change will be the death knell for Pokémon GO, or if the game will manage to weather the storm.

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