As 2023 draws to a close, Pokemon Go players summarized their experiences in the eventful year and it looks like most fans aren’t too high on the mobile game’s new additions and features.
With Pokemon Go introducing a bunch of features in 2023, players had plenty of things to do throughout the year. Whether it’s catching the new Pokemon from Gen 9, exploring Routes, or participating in Raids through Party Play, there never seemed to be a dull moment.
But it looks like many in the community have a drastically different opinion of all that 2023 has to offer, with trainers slamming Niantic for adding “absolute hot garbage” to the game.
A user named ‘KylJak’ made a Reddit post captioned with: “Actions will speak louder than words,” referencing excerpts from an interview between Dot Esports and Niantic, when the devs were asked to break their silence on the viral #HearUsNiantic movement.
In the interview, Michael Steranka, Director of Pokemon Go, said: “For us, for the rest of this year, we really feel like actions will speak louder than words.” Additionally, John Funtanilla, Senior Producer of Pokemon Go, added: “We really want our actions to speak louder than words.”
The OP then asked how players felt about Pokemon Go in 2023, if Niantic lived up to their words, and if the community is looking forward to 2024, and the post sparked a flurry of comments from frustrated trainers.
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Users commented: “They didn’t change remote raid pass prices back, that’s a pretty loud action,” and: “Nearly everything they tried to add in the last half of this year is absolute hot garbage. Like ‘no redeeming qualities’ level of bad.”
Despite the numerous additions to Pokemon Go, it appears that they haven’t struck a chord with players, as one put it, “The game has gotten so boring and tedious, it’s just not fun anymore.”
Others felt that there are many things that could be added to make the game more exciting. “The game still DESPERATELY needs limited versions of features from the core games. Long distance trading, surprise/wonder trading, a way to improve IVs, something comparable to a battle tower, a complete gym rework/overhaul that incentives typing, type based NPC gym badges to earn, etc.”
Another player stated that they were unhappy with “the countless broken updates of generally uninteresting content and features, the over-aggressive monetization, and the nerfs to remote raid passes.”
Fans hope that 2024 will be a bigger and better year than 2023, as Pokemon Go gradually brings new species to catch and locations to explore.
As you start 2024 in Pokemon Go, have a look at the latest disguises of Ditto and how you can catch the rare and elusive Frigibax.
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