Pokemon Go players have had a sour taste in their mouths after the debut of Elite Raids, and they blame the poor launch on Niantic being “stuck in the past”.
On October 15, Niantic launched Elite Raids in Pokemon Go. These brand new Raids would appear in gyms like eggs with a 24 hour countdown. Once the eggs hatched, players had 30 minutes to fight and catch Hoopa Unbound.
And while some players managed to defeat Hoopa, not everyone was able to collect enough trainers to take on this Mythical Pokemon. To make things even more frustrating, Niantic has made it so that Elite Raids can only be dealt with personally.
But for some players, especially in rural areas, it is challenging to gather a group of players large enough to handle Raids. This led to a number of players begging Niantic to let go of the past and embrace the usefulness of Remote Raid passes.
Niantic Is Stuck In 2016 And Pokemon Go Suffers
While players may seem a bit divided by Niantic’s underutilization of Remote Raid passes, many players have expressed disappointment at the lack of Remote Raid compatibility during the Elite Raid debut.
Some players believe that these complaints stem from laziness and that trainers have played the game just fine for years without Remote Raid passes. However, others argue that times have changed and Niantic’s way of approaching Raids must change as the developer seems stuck in the glory days of Pokemon Go.
“It’s not 2016 anymore,” Reddit user BapsMcGee wrote. “Pokémon Go’s primary tenants are community and exploration, but Niantic needs to approach this in a different way.”
They went on to claim that the Pokemon Go community is “too niche” compared to what once made it difficult (or impossible) to host gatherings in smaller communities. “Not only is it a logistical nightmare for most players, it can also lead to unsafe and uncomfortable situations.”
And a dive into the comments shows that a large number of players feel the same way. “Every time I play the game I feel like I’m being punished,” added one user. Another stated, “It’s not the huge game everyone and their mom are playing anymore.”
BapsMcGee offered a solution that many trainers have been behind for months. “Pokémon go should encourage global interaction at a distance instead of sticking to the lost age of 2016.”