As Pokémon Go introduces in-person only raids, Niantic confirms remote raiding option will generally remain

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has said it has no current plans to remove the option of battling in raids from afar – a popular mechanic introduced in response to Covid lockdowns.

Some fans had feared the concept would be cut – as other pandemic-era bonuses and gameplay have already been – especially as Niantic recently announced a new in-person only raid variety, which will debut this weekend for the game’s next Community Day.

“That’s a unique experience that we’re setting up just for these extra bonuses in Community Day,” Pokémon Go game director Michael Steranka told me today, referring to the bonuses players will get to extend their local Community Day experience by taking part in the game’s new in-person-only event raids.

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