Pokémon GO will now reward you for breaking a sweat

October 26, 2018 19:55
A Pokémon GO player captures a "Pidgey" on the smartphone. The game will soon have a new feature that will encourage players to pursue a healthy lifestyle by tracking their steps. Photo: Reuters

Pokémon GO, the augmented reality mobile game that became an international sensation two years ago, is still very much around, although, unlike before, we now seldom see hundreds of people gathering in parks and pavements trying to catch virtual monsters in real places.

In fact, the number of Pokémon creatures have increased from 150 to 400, and the app itself, a collaboration between Niantic and Nintendo, has been downloaded 800 million times. According to  the Pokemon Company, the game has 147 million monthly active users as of May 2018, and has grossed US$2.01 billion as of September 2018.

But the game continues to reap criticism from those who find it ridiculous that people would spend an inordinate amount of time on a useless pursuit, not to mention losing sleep while looking for the elusive monsters.

Well, not anymore. Niantic, the game's developer, will soon roll out a new feature called Adventure Sync, which will record the player's walking distance and give them rewards such as Candy points and hatched Eggs.

The purpose is to encourage players to be more physically active and to pursue a healthy lifestyle.

According to a blog post on the Pokémon GO Live website, the activity tracker will send a weekly summary to players for them to see their Incubator and Candy progress, along with crucial activity statistics.

Players can see the distance they have covered for a week on the Trainer Profile. Each week, the players can earn corresponding rewards for each milestone they cross, according to the blog post.

They can also receive a notification when their Pokémon has found a Candy or when an Egg is going to hatch. 

The feature will also sync in with HealthKit on iOS devices and Google Fit on Android gadgets.

Another good thing about Adventure Sync is that it will continue to monitor the steps a player takes even when the app is turned off.

So, there you go, Pokémon GO is not such a useless game after all.

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