For the Patrick Stars of the world living under a rock, Pokémon Go has almost instantly become a global phenomenon, passing even Twitter for Daily Active Users! Pokémon Go also just recently passed the 50 Million mark, however, the insane launch hasn't gone without controversy, from dead bodies, vandalism, and actual bodily injuries to the loss of Pokévision.
So what can Pokémon Go do to keep its 50 Million players, and get another 50 million going forward?
1. Re-Enable the In-Game PokémonTracker!
One of the biggest problems players have with the game in the infamous in-game tracker. Since launch, the footsteps had been incredibly complicated, until they were glitched and always showed 3 steps, and were finally removed in the 1.1.1 update.
On top of the removal of the tracker, Niantic also disabled Pokévision, an external tracker giving the GPS location of Pokémon in-game. If Niantic wants to keep the massive player-base it has created, they need to properly bring back tracking so that we aren't running around aimlessly through the tall grass just to find another Pidgey.
2. Make Pokémon Easier To Catch (Again)!
Another big change that has come around recently, and that change was to the catching system, making Pokémon much harder to catch.
For suburban and rural players this almost kills the game, as the lack of PokéStops to replenish Pokéballs and greater amount of Pokéballs required for capture leaves many players empty handed. While Niantic had a form set up for requesting PokéStops and gyms, that form is no longer available.
Bottom line, keep us happy and let us actually catch our Ratattas again without them running away so often!
3. Communicate With The Players!
Perhaps the biggest issue players have had with Niantic throughout the launch has been their communication. Since the launch Niantic has had relatively no communication with its players, until August 1st when they released a statement to the Pokémon Go Facebook:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
- We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
- We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an... interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team
TL;DR: Now, if you're like me and are to lazy to read all of it, the basics of it are that they removed the 3 steps from the game, got rid of Pokévision, and basically said we get it you want stuff to be fixed we're working on it now leave us alone!
Obviously, while the post put a lot of people at ease, they need to be doing more of this. And hey, we still want to know when the first legendary event will be, because I want to buy my plane tickets ASAP if it's not gonna be around me.
4. Automatic Pokéball Replenishing!
Another big thing for the suburban and rural players, Pokéstops are few and far between outside of cities, and that leaves a lot of us outside of the concrete jungle without Pokéballs and rare Pokémon.
I can even do without the rares, but the Pokéballs are almost unforgivable. If Niantic wants to keep the suburban and rural population involved, the best thing they can do besides making more Pokéstops, is have a form of daily Pokéball gifts or something similar.
5. Have A Legendary Event!
Ever since the rumor that the Hall H panel would be the first legendary event was proven false, since it didn't happen, fans have been feverishly wondering and worrying about when the first legendary event would occur.
While the game is still relatively new, players have already caught them all (that are available) and without the Legendaries even on the market, save for some cheaters in Ohio (that got their Articunos taken away), we're just waiting to get a Mewtwo or Zapdos on our squad.