Niantic explains why they're cutting Pokémon GO Community Day hours, says they're looking into features to help those with disabilities
The next Pokemon GO Community Day was announced a few days back, and it brings with it a rule change. Trainers were rather upset to see that Community Day hours are being cut in half, leaving just a 3-hour block to get in on the fun. We haven’t seen times like this in over 2 years, so why did Niantic change things now? Kotaku talked to Pokémon GO live game director, Michael Steranka to find out.
“…Community Day as it was intended is meant to actually get people out at the same time.”
Some are also wondering what Niantic gains from this move, to which Steranka had this to share.
“First is exploration, the second is exercise, and the third is real-world social interactions. In terms of what we gain, it’s really us intending to lean into that. It’s definitely not to make more revenue on Incense. We’re making less revenue, because the item is less useful, right?
We never want Pokémon GO to be a product that you can fully complete and enjoy from your couch. And the fact of the matter is, with Incense being as powerful as it was, stationary players were able to do that, right?”
It was that comment that brought up another important question. The change to Community Day times makes it even harder for those with disabilities to get out and play Pokémon GO. In general, just using Pokémon GO on a base level is tough for that part of the community. Does Niantic have anything in the works to make play easier for the disabled community?
“Nothing that I’m able to share today. But we are discussing it, and it is something that, as I mentioned, we are looking at new features and whatnot that should help in that regard.”