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Pokemon Go reacts to coronavirus - Now you can play the game without leaving your home

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 13 Mar 2020 8:25

Pokemon Go reacts to coronavirus - Now you can play the game without leaving your home

Pokemon Go is still one of the most popular mobile games in the world. The very core of the game involves wandering around your community, pushing your walking mileage and catching pokemons that appear while you're walking around.
Now, due the coronavirus pandemic, such activities are less and less popular around the globe. Game developer Niantic has now reacted to this situation.

Starting last night, players of the game can get almost-free bundle of so-called incense items to the game. The bundle costs only one pokecoin (the currency used in the game, equaling roughly to $0.01 or 0.01) and contains 30 incense units.

With incense, players can stay at home and use the incense to attract pokemons to their home that wouldn't appear there otherwise. The incense unit has been part of the game since the very beginning, but it has always cost much more - and is typically considered most useful for those players in rural areas, where there aren't very many places where pokemons spawn on their own.



Pokemon Go Incense deal during the coronavirus outbreak


Also, so-called incubators that require players to walk certain mileage in order to hatch new pokemons, have been changed by halving the distance required to hatch a pokemon. Appearance and frequency of pokemons appearing in the wild has also been increased dramatically, globally, due the coronavirus.

Furthermore, Niantic has decided to postpone upcoming March's community day event to unforeseeable future. Company has decided to do the same for its other similar game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and its March's community day event.

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