The New 'Nearby Pokémon' Feature of Pokémon Go Makes FindingAnime Easy

By: Erica Francis - Aug 13, 2016
References: theguardian & kotaku
Niantic's popular mobile game Pokémon Go is getting an upgrade; the company is testing out a new way for players to hunt for Pokémon using the GPS-based 'Nearby Pokémon' feature. Only select gamers have access to the update but in time, it'll be introduced to all players. The new update to the augmented reality game has some visual changes in terms of animation, but the most noticeable change is the introduction of 'Sightings.' Sightings allows users to tap on each Pokémon seen in the area to discover which Pokéstop the anime characters are close to. The upgrade to the Nearby Pokémon feature will definitely aid in the frustration some users have been facing when playing the game.

Niantic has been continually testing and updating Pokémon Go since it initially launched about a month ago. The viral mobile game has had some system hiccups along the way so this new feature may be one way for the company to hold on to its avid gamers.