The winds are changing in Pokémon Go . Today, developer Niantic unveiled a series of updates that will not only introduce more creatures to collect, but will also add a new dynamic climate system. The addition of weather in real time will change the appearance of the augmented reality of the game, adding rain or snow when appropriate, and modify the gameplay by strengthening certain Pokémon depending on the weather conditions of the real world. "Players should expect to see a much better combination between what's in the game and what's in the world around them," says Matt Slemon, a leading developer in the game.
The updates will be divided into two parts. First, starting this week, more than 50 new Pokémon will be added to the game, each drawn from the Hoenn region represented in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire . Additions include the gecko-like Treecko, the adorable Firebird Torchic, and the Mudkip Swamp, among others.
When Ruby and Sapphire were first released in 2002, it introduced a much greater focus on climate than previous games in the series, including aspects where climatic conditions they influenced the battles. So the second part of the update, which according to Niantic will begin to develop at the end of the month, will bring this aspect to Pokémon Go . The weather in real time will change the game in several ways, outside of the obvious aesthetic differences.
On the one hand, depending on the external conditions, you will see different creatures in nature. A rainy day will mean more water type pokémon, while snow will bring out the types of ice. (All creatures in the game will be affected by this, not just the new generation-three Pokémon that will be presented this week). "We do not have any pokémon that alone appears in a certain climatic conditions," says Slemon. "But there are some Pokémon that care a lot about their weather conditions, so you can expect Lotad to actually appear in large numbers when it rains outside, but if you live in an area where it will not actually rain that much, you may still see a Lotad wandering through your habitat. "
The weather system will also affect the pokémon force. Aquatic pokémon caught on a rainy day will generally have a higher CP level, which will make them harder to beat, but will also produce better rewards if captured. The same goes for other aspects of the game; Band leaders can be stronger on a given day depending on the weather, while Charizard will be more effective in gym battles when it is hot and sunny.
All changes will have a positive impact on Pokémon, so you will not see instances where one type of ice is weaker because it is a scorching summer day. "We prefer to award bonuses instead of penalties where we can," explains Slemon. "We do not want to penalize a player, for example, by eliminating the power of a Pokémon they may be very attached to, the other part of which is that we want to encourage behavior instead of punishing it. game that uses the weather, without penalizing all those who do not have high-level Charizard when it's hot outside. "
Pokémon Go celebrated its anniversary in July and since then, Niantic has continued to modify the experience, adding new features such as cooperative raids, legendary pokémon and real-world events (although the latter did not turn out exactly as expected) . At the same time, a handful of promised features, including iconic Pokémon elements such as trade and player versus player battles, have not yet managed to enter the game.
According to Slemon, the decision to add climate before other long-promised features are reduced to the new pokémon that was being introduced. "The third generation and the Hoenn region are thematically linked to the climate so closely, it is a basic principle of their identity, that the adjustment was simply perfect," he says. "Generally speaking, we try to choose features that tie well with the content we're trying to launch." As an example, he cites the introduction of raids during the summer, which coincided with the addition of the legendary pokémon to the game. "It's an important link, because we do not want the legendaries to be randomly in nature."
Updates to Pokémon Go arrive at an increasingly busy time for Niantic. In addition to supporting the game of collecting monsters, the studio is also ready to launch a major renovation of its debut game based on location Ingress as well as launch a new augmented reality game set in the magical world. world of Harry Potter .