A brand new update for Pokemon Go is beginning to roll out, but many players are already complaining that it does not work.
Pokemon Go 0.39.0 will be hitting the app stores over the next few days, though a lot of users already have received it. The biggest change is that the game now tells you where exactly you caught a Pokemon.
Early adopters will recall that when the app first launched, there was a feature like this where trainers could pull up a map that showed the exact location where they got each species. But this new feature is nothing like that. Instead, the game just tells you in text the city that the Pokemon was captured in. This text is displayed on the given Pokemon’s information screen, below it’s stats and the options to evolve and power it up.
This has left many players disappointed, as the information is so general as to be essentially useless. You’ll be informed of the city the Pokemon was captured in, but nothing more detailed than that is given, such as the coordinates or the street you got it on. So unless you travel a lot, chances are every single Pokemon will have the exact same piece of text displayed next to it.
Plus, the information is not even accurate for a lot of trainers. Some who received the update already have said that it’s actually showing their Pokemon as having been caught in a city that they don’t live in, or it’s not even showing any text at all. Presumably, this will be one of the “minor text fixes” Niantic has to include in the next update.
“They spent all their energy this fixing something that worked on launch and couldn’t even get it working right,” one Reddit user said of this new update.
One small benefit of the new update, though, is that it can finally put to rest all those rumors of players being able to catch region-specific Pokemon outside of their specific region. Unless one of those people can put their money where their mouth is and provide a screenshot showing that they legitimately got Mr. Mime in the United States or Tauros in Australia, it’s now safe to say they’re lying.
John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, has said that Pokemon Go updates will hit the app store every two weeks or so, so we should expect the next update sometime around Friday, October 7th.