Finally, I say finally! If you were previously jaded by the amount of changes Niantic has been making to #PokemonGO, especially after removing the pivotal tracking feature from the app, and restricted users from using third-party trackers, you might as well dust off your starter caps and polish your smartphones, because Nearby is back! And not just for those lucky enough to reside in, or relatively close to, San Francisco—where it has been live for the past few months.
Pokémon GO's Nearby Feature Is Live In North America And Some Of Europe
- 'Pokémon GO' Has Received Two Nominations For The Game Awards And It Better Not Win
- 'Pokémon GO' Hides A Dark History According To This Grim Fan Theory
- This 'Super Smash Bros.' Mod Lets You Play As Lillie And A Rare Mon From 'Pokémon Sun And Moon'!
The Nearby feature, which allows trainers to see which Pokémon are loitering near to particular PokéStops, was revealed on the 22nd November via Niantic's blog to be coming to:
- United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska).
- Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the western half of Ontario.
- Australia: All states and territories.
But then on the 30th November, Niantic dropped a bombshell when they announced Nearby would be rolling out across NA and select regions in Europe:
We will be expanding the Nearby Pokémon feature to the rest of the continental United States and large parts of Europe. We will continue to review the feedback submitted on our official social media accounts and in other channels and make changes if necessary.
Now, not more than a day later, reports have been coming in thick and fast that suggest the roll out has been successful. Eurogamer's Tom Phillips tweeted announcing the second-coming of Nearby in the UK.
This is great news for the Pokémon GO faithful, but for those on the fence:
Is Nearby enough to get you GO-ing again?
See the evolution of Pokémon over 20 years in this emotional video: