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It may surprise you to learn that Pokémon Go has had a standout year, even in the pandemic: Earlier this month, analytics firm Sensor Tower estimated that the game hit $1 billion in revenue in the first 10 months of the year, making it the four-and-a-half-year-old game’s biggest ever.
Speaking as a daily active player, it’s no surprise why, either. It turns out that going outside to catch, train, and battle virtual monsters is one of the safer activities one can do, especially coupled with some smart decisions that developer Niantic made early on to encourage socially distant gameplay — like increasing the radius at which you can access item-dropping Pokéstops, or allowing you to remotely participate in more challenging Raid Battles.
Now, Niantic is planning to take things to the next level, figuratively and literally, with the launch of Go Beyond, a big (free) update to Pokémon Go coming the week of November 30th. While the update looks to bring many changes, the single biggest is that players will be able to reach level 50, up from the long-standing cap of 40.
The level cap increase also comes with what Niantic promises are major tweaks to the leveling system, helping players gain experience even faster by tweaking the rewards from common gameplay tasks, the company said in a press briefing earlier this week.
Much of the update, however, seems aimed at those players who are already at or near the current maximum of 40. To go from 40 to 50, Niantic says, it will take a combination of experience points and the completion of certain tasks and challenges — meaning that high-level players won’t just be able to grind their way to the maximum.
Also of note to more experienced players is the introduction of a new in-game item called Candy XL, which allows players to permanently raise the maximum CP (combat points) of a Pokémon beyond what would otherwise be their maximum. This means that players will be able to boost their favored Pokémon above established limits, potentially shaking up strategies in the player-versus-player Go Battle League mode.
To commemorate the launch of the new update, Niantic is holding several in-game events designed to help players gain experience quickly. It will also begin seeding the game with more pocket monsters from the Kalos region, meaning those that first appeared in 2013’s Nintendo DS games “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y.” For those who reach level 40 before the end of 2020, Niantic is promising the in-game reward of a Gyarados hat and other goodies.
Niantic is also introducing the idea of in-game “seasons” of three months each, which might see Pokémon migratory patterns change with the weather, among other temporary bonuses or features.
This is the first time that Niantic has felt strongly enough about a game update to give it a name like Go Beyond, but again speaking as a regular player, it’s been a pleasant surprise to see how regularly new features like Pokémon trading and battling are now added to the …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech