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!