Update: A few of our team members are also reporting that the update has eliminated tracking for individual Pokémon, meaning you can no longer tap a Pokémon in the “nearby” list to focus on them. This isn’t mentioned in the patch notes, though, so we aren’t sure if this is part of the update, a temporary glitch, or a new bug. We’ll keep you posted if we hear more.

Original: Pokémon GO has been out for several weeks now, but Niantic is still working to make the experience the very best, like no app ever was. One of the big issues players have had for the last week and a half is the infamous “three-step glitch,” where Pokémon appear to be three footprints away on the app’s radar no matter close they actually are. Well, Niantic is pushing out a new update today—0.31.0 for Android and 1.1.0 for iOS—that will do away with the glitch, though not in the way that many of us were probably expecting or hoping. Rather than actually fix the problem, this new update has opted to completely remove footprints from the game.

Since the feature wasn’t working all that well already, though, it will probably make little different to have the steps gone. Footsteps are almost certainly not gone forever; Niantic just needs to figure out the problem and fix it, at which point we’ll probably see them return.

Of course, this “fix” is hardly the only aspect of the update—there are also several new features and other changes coming along with the removal of steps. Many players will probably be quite pleased to know they can re-customized their Avatars now, and you may want to check on each of your favorite Pokémon battlers, as Niantic has altered the damage of some moves. The full list of changes for the update are as follows, as per the Google Play Store:

– Avatars can now be re-customized from the Trainer profile screen

– Adjusted battle move damage values for some Pokémon

– Refined certain Gym animations

– Improved memory issues

– Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon

– Modified battle damage calculation

– Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter

– Updated Pokémon details screen

– Updated achievement medal images

– Fixed issues with displaying certain map features

– Minor text fixes

What do you think of this “solution” to the three-step glitch? Is it a viable method of dealing with this issue, or should Niantic have kept footprints in there until they could actually fix the problem? Have any of the other new changes caught your attention, for better or for worse? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Google Play Store (via Nintendo Everything)

Our Verdict

Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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