Fans all around the world were excited to see Niantic introduce a slew of new changes to the fundamental core of the Pokemon Go experience. Among those huge changes, we saw the introduction of a weather system. The weather system introduced by Niantic was developed in order to provide variety for players while adding a dose of realism. When it rains, certain Pokemon would appear. When it snowed or was really hot, different Pokemon would appear. The system would also provide certain Pokemon with element boosts in certain weather conditions. Despite the strength of the concept, Niantic is already seeing some real problems with the system.
Augmented reality is supposed to give players the chance to live out their gaming fantasies. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets a little bit too real and as a result, Niantic has to help gamers keep themselves from getting hurt. With the new weather system in play, Niantic was rightly concerned about the potential for danger if players tried to go out and play in severe weather. That is why Niantic created a system that would prevent players from actually playing if the weather was considered severe.
The new Niantic weather system prevents players from playing when the weather is considered ‘extreme’. When the weather is considered extreme an alert will come up that stops players from going about their gaming duties. If the weather dips below freezing or if severe storms are caught in the area, there will be a stoppage of play. Is Niantic being too cautious or is this merely good business?