Niantic, who developed the mobile game Pokémon GO, is ending its temporary benefits that allowed players to participate in the game at home. Features like raids and photo disc spins can no longer be accessed remotely, and stricter location-based access is restored.
On the Pokémon GO Updates blog, the Pokémon GO team stated, “When possible, people are generally encouraged to spend time outdoors, going for walks, and exercising for their mental and physical health ̵
However, Niantic is keeping some of the bonuses at least for now. The incense duration is 60 minutes, the maximum number of gifts you can carry is 20 minutes, and you can still get triple the XP and Stardust for your first daily Pokémon catch.
Additional bonuses will be changed on Thursday October 1st. The eggs will hatch back to normal and the incense potency will only be applied when you are walking around. Your Buddy Pokémon will only bring you gifts when you’re almost exhausted, and when you’re at a PokéStop, you have a higher chance of getting a gift, but there is no guarantee that you will get one. Incubators will also be included in a higher number of boxes from the game’s shop.
Niantic continues to monitor COVID-19 and other global events on a regular basis and hopes to postpone previously scheduled live events to 2021, subject to health and safety permitting. If you want to have fun, Pokémon GO can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.