by Joshua Russo
Pokémon GO‘s latest update removes Pokémon footsteps altogether
Niantic has rolled out the latest updated for Pokémon GO, leaving more than a few players scratching their heads. The popular augmented reality monster hunting app has been suffering from what has become known as the “three step” glitch. When Pokémon GO first launched, nearby Pokémon had between zero and three footprints underneath their outlines, symbolizing how close they were in proximity to the user’s location. For nearly two weeks now, all nearby Pokémon, regardless of their location, have had the maximum of three footprints underneath them. This makes hunting specific nearby Pokémon almost a game of chance.
– Trainer avatars can now be re-customized from the profile screen
– Adjusted some Pokémon battle move damage values
– Refined certain Gym animations
– Improved memory issues
– Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
– Adjusted battle damage calculation
– Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
– Updated Pokémon details UI
– Updated achievement medals art
– Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
– Minor text fixes
Another interesting decision by the developer removes the “battery saver” mode on the iOS version. In “battery saver” mode, the screen would dim to a barely visible logo of Pokémon GO when the phone was flipped upside down (normally placed in a person’s pocket). The removal of the battery saver mode was not listed in the latest update notes and Niantic has not yet commented on the reason for the removal.