Pokémon Go has had some highs and lows since the app’s release this summer. One of the most annoying bugs to the system was the tracking feature in the game that was supposed to allow you to hunt down nearby Pokémon. This feature became extremely buggy and Niantic decided to completely wipe it without a word to anyone. It wasn’t until people were spamming Niantic’s social media accounts and anything Pokémon Go related online that Niantic finally came forward and stated they were working on a solution to fix the tracking feature for its best utilization.
This update rolled out yesterday and actually seems to be a pleasant step in the right direction. There are now two tracking features: Nearby and Sightings. Nearby is based on Pokéstops apparently. I live a little out of the city so Pokéstops aren’t exactly plentiful for me to have tested this new feature. According to NeoGAF user Toki767, “When you press a Pokémon and click view, it zooms out and takes you to this overview map now.” This also puts an indicator on your map of where the coveted Pokemon is located. The map will also alert you if the Pokémon has fled so you don’t go hunting it for nothing. And now Pokéstops will emit a pulse.
Sightings has wiped the leaves for a tuft of grass. It won’t tell you how far the monsters are but it has definitely improved for me in tracking a wanted Pokémon. I caught a Raichu last night!
The update also has the nifty new pop-up that knows you’re driving and will make you click the button that says you are a passenger in the car. Don’t jump to conclusion folks. I was the passenger in the car.
How are you feeling about these updates, fellow trainers?