Pull out your Pokédex and get ready for some traveling: Niantic has created a new tracking system for Pokémon Go.
The Pokémon Go team released an update Monday with several bug fixes — and a rollout of the tracking system. “We’re currently testing a variation of the ‘Nearby Pokémon’ feature with a subset of users,” the company announced on its website and social media. “During this period you may see some variation in the nearby Pokémon UI.”
The new tracker includes two features: The “Nearby” feature relies on nearby Pokéstops to clue trainers in on where to find selected creatures. The trainers’ lists show nearby Pokémon posing in front of a live picture of the Pokéstop. This feature is available only to a select group of players, with no word on when it will roll out to all players.
The other feature, known as “Sightings,” works similarly to the original (and now removed) tracking system, forcing players to explore different points of an area until the desired Pokémon appears.
Previously, the game employed “three-step tracking,” which allowed trainers to see a list of up to nine nearby Pokémon available for search and capture. Niantic shut down that system, as well as several third-party tracking sites due to the negative effects they had on the game’s server.
Also in the latest update was a reintroduction of the battery-saving option for iOS users, a new text warning notification when players are known to be driving, and an improvement on the curveball mechanic.
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