Did Niantic change these Pokemon Go settings because of Coronavirus? - Dexerto

Did Niantic change these Pokemon Go settings because of Coronavirus?

Published: 10/Mar/2020 12:33 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:16

by Paul Cot


It looks like Niantic may be preparing Pokemon Go in case the Coronavirus causes a worldwide quarantine situation.

The Coronavirus is all anyone can talk about right now amid real concerns of a pandemic. Should the worst case happen, then it’s entirely possible that a majority of the world will need to go into a state of quarantine.

The virus originated in Wuhan, China, so it isn’t exactly surprising that this was the first place to impose a quarantine. Since then though, on Monday, March 9, Italy has become the second country to extend the emergency measure of a quarantine.

Pokemon Coronavirus EventsPokemon related events in Japan have already been canceled due to the Coronavirus…

How does this affect Pokemon Go?

Well, Pokemon Go is a game you play outside your home. If players are restricted, or put-off, leaving their homes then there will be less players playing the mobile game.

This is something Niantic do not want. After all, if there are less people playing Pokemon Go, then the revenues the game generates will decrease.

Niantic appear to be well aware of this and it looks like they may have taken measures to combat the possibility of more quarantines around the world.

Pokemon Go Items CoronavirusCould items that usually cost such as Incense, Incubators and Lures be made free in Pokemon Go?

Curious changes to items

The notorious PokeMiners have discovered that several notable items have had their “Trainer Drop Level” changed from 100 to 1. In Layman’s terms this means they have the potential to be found in PokeStops or in quests.

However, there is also the potential that this means nothing at all. While the code has changed it doesn’t guarantee their appearance outside of buying them from the Pokemon Go Shop.

The items that have changed are as follows:

  • Incense
  • Incubators – Basic and Super
  • Lucky Egg
  • Lures – Normal, Glacial, Magnetic and Mossy
  • Star Piece

It is suspected that this change could be a measure to encourage trainers to continue playing the game in the event travel becomes even more difficult than it is. More readily available Incenses, Incubators, Lucky Eggs, Lures and Star Pieces would give players a massive incentive to continue playing – even if it is from seclusion of their homes.

As one Redditor, Dramlin, explained: “This just gives Niantic the ability to add these to spins and other random reward mechanics whenever they feel like it.” So, we’ll have to wait and see whether these items do become free. It would certainly be huge Pokemon Go news if they did.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.