Niantic enables Weather VFX in Pokémon Go after 5 months

Following the loss of weather-related visual effects last year, Niantic has reintroduced them back to Pokémon Go. Players can explore their neighborhoods to uncover, combat, and gather digital pocket monsters in this mobile alternate reality game.

The app used to correctly reflect real-world weather conditions, which inspired the Pokémon Go Weather Week event in March 2021. However, the feature was unfortunately discontinued in December last year.

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Pokémon Go Weather VFX helps turn the surroundings around the players in a Pokémon habitat

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that aims to entice players out of the house by turning their surroundings into a Pokémon habitat. Pocket monsters can emerge in parks, on sidewalks, or near other public locations as the game’s map represents a geographical representation of the player’s community.

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PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms are also essential components of the game. The PokéStops attract wild Pokémon and Gyms allow players to compete online. PokéStops and Gyms are located at real-world locations like libraries and parks, increasing immersion and creating a sense of community. In-game events like the Pokémon Go Weather Week Rayquaza Raid contribute to the game’s ongoing evolution.

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Pokemon go weather related visual effects
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While it’s understandable to remove weather effects due to a glitch, Pokémon Go has been missing this basic feature for the past five months. Weather-related visual effects, on the other hand, have finally returned to the game, allowing players to fully immerse themselves in the alternate reality experience. To enable weather effects, players simply need to reload the Pokémon Go app and keep Pikachu out of the rain if possible.

Pokémon Go faced backlash due to removal of weather effects

A Pokémon Go controversy timeline shows that the game’s reputation has deteriorated since its inception due to the removal of weather effects. Many players have praised the AR game, but costly event tickets and the removal of quality-of-life features have sparked major controversy over time.

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Many in-game events demand purchased tickets to join, and the $7.99 price tag hasn’t always corresponded to the event’s quality. The elimination of bonuses implemented during the COVID-19 lockdown sparked a “Pokémon NO Day” boycott, for which Niantic apologized.

What are your thoughts as Niantic reintroduces weather-related visual effects in Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments below!

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Author: Agyei

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