Pokémon Go has taken over the world, turning millions of people into Poke-obsessives who wander around trying to find as many virtual monsters as possible. Although Nintendo has definitely hit on something special with Pokémon Go, the app itself feels like a major work-in-progress. If you strip away the Pokémon license, what you’re left with is a pretty shoddily-made app with a ton of problems, both from a technical and design standpoint. Fortunately, Pokémon Go is almost guaranteed to get better as time goes on and already has thanks to a few updates that have been rolled out in the title’s first two weeks on the market, but there is still much to be done. Here are some updates and fixes that would make Pokémon Go a much better and more user-friendly experience.
11. Nearby Tracking
Update [August 2]: Niantic has released an update that removes three-step tracking entirely and are claiming that they are looking into creating a new system altogether for tracking Pokémon. They’ve also cracked down on third party software that made tracking easier. So for the foreseeable future, actually tracking Pokémon in Pokémon Go will pretty much just involve stumbling onto something randomly, which isn’t an ideal situation by any means.
This issue has been plaguing Pokémon Go since July 15th, and although it will most likely be fixed very soon, it’s still significant enough to highlight. Basically, Pokémon Go is suffering from sort of bug that’s screwing up the nearby tracking system, making all Pokémon in an area appear at a “three footprint” distance away. This has effectively made seeking out nearby Pokémon a maddening experience, as it’s impossible to tell whether or not you’re getting closer or further away from a Pokémon unless it literally pops up on your screen.
This isn’t really a big deal when you’re surrounded by a bunch of Pidgeys, Rattatas, and Drowzees, but the moment you see a silhouette of something you haven’t seen before, things quickly become very frustrating. Some have speculated that Niantic deliberately compromised the tracking system to increase the stability of the app’s servers, but seeing as how the developer has yet to release a statement addressing the issue, we have no way of knowing for sure. Whatever the case may be, nearby tracking needs to be fixed ASAP.