With all the anticipation surrounding the Pokémon Go update, the team released a statement on their Facebook in this morning addressing some of the frustrations of their fans.

They have removed the 3-step display “in order to improve the underlying design.”  The 3-step tracking used 1-3 feet which gave trainers a vague idea of how far away a Pokémon was.  Niantic has opted to change this aspect of the game as it was unreliable and often left trainers frustrated.

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Although all is not lost in this update, the moves of all Pokémon in battle have been rebalanced. You can see a complete list of the strongest moves by Reddit’s largest Pokémon Go community, The Silph Road.  Along with this trainers will now be able to update their outfits, gender, skin tone, and hair from the newly updated profile screen.

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They also limited access to their API which has all but elminited third party access.  The team continued to explain that it was “interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world.”  This has rendered services like Pokevision unusable, but has quickly been replaced with SmartPoke2, which is only available for Android at the moment.

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As the app hasn’t been successfully launched globally yet, the team sincerely noted “We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally.”

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About me: Christine "smollbirb" Marten is a recent college grad that has been playing video games since she was gifted with her first NES console in 1999. Known as LuxAterna on Steam, she started as a games journalist in 2012 and has been writing about games and the industry since. In college, she acted as the president/clubmother for the gaming club, and hosted her own gaming radio show called SoundWave Games. When she is not gaming she can be seen cosplaying at conventions, working with non-profits that fundraise through video games (like Extra Life and Child's Play), acting as community manager for The Senpai Project, playing League of Legends with friends, or serenading passerbyers with her violin skills on the streets of NYC. She will literally play anything that is thrown at her (but please don't throw to hard she is smoll). She enjoys indie games and horror games especially, and her favorite series of all times is Kingdom Hearts. Her third love, after video games and violin, is puns. Although it is a dangerous life she makes them whenever she hears the opportunity to do so. Christine hopes to bring her own spin on storytelling to the GAW community as she continues to seek out whatever the world has to offer!