Pokémon Go players have called on Niantic to bring Community Day back to 3 a.m., according to its game director

Pokemon Go April’s Community Day with Stufful will include a new Pokemon and its Shiny, but it’s also expected to include a reduction in the number of hours players can encounter the new pocket monster to its old time limit of just three hours.

The community has been candid about a similar change to one of the biggest items in the game, Incense. It recently received a change to how it worked before the pandemic, which means players will only encounter a Pokemon every five minutes instead of every 30 seconds while idle. With this change, the developers have also extended the amount of time Incense stays active. But players weren’t happy with the significant nerf to one of the game’s most integral parts.

Now, Community Day is returning to its original three-hour schedule, and Niantic told Dot Esports that players have been asking for it.

“In fact, one of the things that made us re-evaluate the Community Day format was calls from trainers to bring it back to three hours,” said Michael Steranka, live game director for Pokemon Go. “After seeing these comments, we looked at our data and found that less than 5% of players played more than three hours on Community Day.”

Steranka hopes players will suspend judgment on the changes until they can experience them and that it brings more players together during the shorter duration of the event, rather than playing the game without seeing another coach for the event.

“For trainers who have not yet attended a Pokemon Go in-person event, or experienced a community day in their neighborhood with other trainers, I hope they can suspend judgment on these changes and wait until April 23 to find out what it is for themselves,” said said Steranka. “I bet they’ll find that having a real community around them on Community Day will make the whole event a whole lot more fun.”

Niantic seems to be holding its own when it comes to the core parts of the game that were intended when the title was created, namely real-world exploration, exercise, and social interaction.

“If it becomes clear that a gameplay change is having a significant negative impact on these major tenants, we review it with a cross-functional team and carefully craft a plan to course correct,” Steranka said. “The vast majority of changes added to Pokemon Go over the past two years are here to stay: Daily Encounters, Daily Research Tasks, Team GO Rocket Balloons, GBL Walk Requirement Removed, and PokéStop/Gym Interaction Radius, just to name a few. to name a few. »

Steranka also said that the developers plan to introduce more features to improve players’ experience in the game, but they are not ready to reveal the details of these improvements. However, they will emphasize the community aspect of the community day.

“Long-time trainers will remember that the best part of Community Day was getting out there and meeting your local community, not just the shinies you caught throughout the event,” Steranka said. “Our goal here is to bring communities together.”

Among the complaints about the return of some of the core game mechanics is that the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over. Many trainers feel Niantic is looking to end the pandemic as it continues to be a global public health concern, especially when people are encouraged to gather in large groups.

April Community Day is set to take place on April 23 from 2-5 PM local time and will feature Stufful and its variant Shiny for the first time. There will also be bonuses for playing together that players have never seen before, such as a party play bonus that rewards players with a bonus if enough Pokémon are caught near a single PokéStop.