Pokémon GO players will once again be able to enjoy the increased interaction distance that was implemented during the pandemic.
In order to help keep players safe, developer Niantic had doubled PokeStop and Gym interaction distance during the pandemic in Pokémon GO. The distance had doubled from 40m to 80m. However, the developer recently reverted the interaction distance back to 40m. This upset many players, to the point that Niantic has announced that they will be reverting the interaction distance back to 80m. They stated on Twitter that this will be the interaction distance for now on, and that they will share more information next week.
"Trainers - we're looking forward to sharing our plans as a result of the task force on September 1, but one thing does not have to wait!" Niantic stated on Twitter. "From now on, 80 meters will be the base interaction radius for PokeStops and Gyms globally.
"Thank you to everyone who made your voices heard. We've heard you and understand that this has been a welcome benefit to many players. We'll share more next week."
Last week it was announced that Pokémon GO's September Community Day will feature the Water-type Oshawatt. The event will take place on September 19th. Community Day will start at 11:00 a.m. local time, and will end at 5:00 p.m. During this time players will run into Oshawatt more frequently. Oshawatt will also be attracted to Rainy Lure Modules. Trainers will have the chance to run into a Shiny one. Evolving a Dewott (Oshawatt's evolution) during the event or up to two hours after will result in a Samurott that knows the Charged Attack Hydro Cannon. Samurott will also be able to learn the Charged Attack Razor Shell, even after September's Community Day has completed.
Pokémon GO is currently available on mobile devices.