Pokémon GO has once again stirred frustration from the fanbase due to the removal of new animations to a number of Pokémon introduced in a recent update. August has not been a kind month for Pokémon GO, as it has had multiple issues that were the straw that broke the camel’s back for many players.
An update in mid-August to Pokémon GO gave new animations to some Pokémon whenever they would be tapped on in the wild. These animations were from when players would pet their buddy Pokémon. When buddy Pokémon are pet, they give buddy hearts and perform a happy animation to show that they’re pleased. The August update brought these happy animations to wild encounters, and fans were pleased to see these cute animations more often in the game.
However, for an unknown reason, these animations were removed from wild encounters after only a few days of being implemented. When this was pointed out by Reddit user ThunderDragon356, fans were not happy about this. The reaction was of bafflement and disappointment, some commenting on how cute Hitmonlee and Oddish were, while another comment said that they had enough of Niantic. Others stated that this was an unintended bug as the reason why this was removed as quickly as it was introduced, but the majority of the reception to this disappearance is of disappointment.
This is the next criticism in a month full of criticisms of the game from the fanbase. Early in the month, players boycotted Pokémon GO over the removal of the stay-at-home exploration bonuses. In response, Niantic stated that it would assemble a team to discuss these criticisms and that findings would be presented on September 1.
But as the reception to the removal of these animations shows, that hasn’t stopped these issues from cropping up in Pokémon GO. These criticisms will only provide a bigger list for Niantic’s new team to write up for feedback. But there is hope that with this new team, the community will gain a greater voice in shaping up the game for the future. There are a large number of issues that fans have vented their frustration towards within the past year of the game, which is the cause for Niantic’s new team to investigate Pokémon GO. There’s no guarantee that the state of Pokémon GO will improve in the future, or that these issues will be addressed at all, but a team made up of the community does give some hope for improvement, however small that hope might be.
Pokémon GO is available now on iOS and Android devices.