Pokémon GO Nearby System Testing Extended to New Regions

The now updated Nearby feature, which replaces the much-missed Tracking system, is now available for some players outside of San Francisco.

Pokémon GO has just recently released a new patch. This featured changes such as a special bonus for the week of Thanksgiving, changes to Pokémon stats, as well as adding Ditto to the wild.

However, Niantic has announced another special feature released in the patch for certain areas, a change to the tracking system. If you’ve play Pokémon GO before, you will surely know that originally the tracking system for finding nearby Pokémon involved following footsteps originally. This eventually was removed due to a glitch with it not working, and never brought back. Four months ago however, a replacement for this system was given out to select areas in the world. In this new updated, this feature is now available for more parts of the world.

Now you can see what PokéStop is closest to the Pokémon you want. The removal of the footstep tracking turned away many players from the game as they didn’t want to be endlessly wondering to get what they want. Therefore this new feature may be a welcomed change. It makes tracking a bit easier so it may be quite helpful.

Currently this new feature has been added to these places:

  • United States of America: All states west of the Mississippi River (except Hawaii and Alaska)
  • Canada: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the western half of Ontario.
  • Australia: All states and territories

Once tested more in these new areas, there will be plans to add this feature to even more places across the world. Niantic encourages feedback to help better improve this feature and the game, so be sure to give them your thoughts!

So what do you think of this feature? Will you be playing Pokémon Go more now?  Let us know below!

Edited by bobandbill