Niantic Dev Insights now available for the major new GO Beyond update for Pokémon GO

Niantic is continuing to reveal new features and events for Pokémon GO on a regular basis. Read on below to learn more:

Dev Insights: Going Beyond in Pokémon GO

Trainers,

Pokémon GO has evolved in many ways over the last four years, but starting the week of Monday, November 30, 2020, it’s going to GO Beyond anything you’ve seen so far! From rebalancing the leveling process to implementing a new way to experience Pokémon GO called Seasons, Trainers old and new will have a ton to look forward to—including Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region, which will be making their Pokémon GO debut! We interviewed some of our incredible developers, artists, and designers to provide some insight on what went into developing the GO Beyond update, and to find out what features they’re most excited for.

What were your responsibilities during the development of the GO Beyond update?

  • Jessica Taylor: “I was the Test Lead for the level cap increase, the introduction of Pokémon first discovered in the Kalos region, and Pokémon tagging, along with all the fancy events we’re running alongside these features. My main job was trying to think of all the horrible ways I could break these new features!”
  • Jocelyn Kim: “As a technical artist, I helped out on the art and coding sides of the Pokémon GO client. The level cap increase was the first big feature I worked on since starting at Niantic this year;I set up UI and animations, implemented new medal art, and helped fix bugs. I also worked with our partners to introduce some of the Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Kalos region. That meant a range of things on the technical artist front, like making sure that Pokémon are the right size, or figuring out what colors to use for a specific Pokémon’s Candy.”
  • Tre Fitzgerald: “I was the Product Manager for our new Seasons feature, which means I got to oversee a lot of our upcoming in-game events. I also had the opportunity to directly work on introducing the Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region.”
  • Matt Ein: “I was the game designer on the level cap increase, balancing the GO Battle League ladder revisions, and setting the stage for the Pokémon first discovered in the Kalos region that we’re welcoming into Pokémon GO.”
  • Craig Kitzmann: “I helped create the Legacy level 40 medal and visualized what it will look like when a player levels up from level 40 all the way to level 50. I also did some work on some new icons that I’m excited to debut.”

What are you most proud of building?

  • Jessica Taylor: “I think players are going to be incredibly stoked for us to finally increase the level cap.”
  • Jocelyn Kim: “As part of the level cap increase, Platinum rank will be the new highest medal tier. Be sure to achieve Platinum rank on all the medals you’ve earned to see them shine on your profile! I got to carry on some of the work that technical artist Lena Verstappen previously did to dynamically recolor medals. This system also allows us to add cool effects, like an animated metal sheen. Now we only need one asset for a medal’s four ranks, which is efficient—a technical artist’s favorite word! It was real fun to work with fellow technical artist Aaron Desin on updating our medal display system, and extra rewarding for me to give some love to this section of the game. It’s really awesome to be able to work on a feature that so many Trainers are excited for! As someone that’s been playing Pokémon GO since day one, it’s an honor to be able to contribute to this update. It’s a way for the devs to say “thank you” to all of the longtime players.”
  • Tre Fitzgerald: “Things that are coming that I can’t talk about yet.”
  • Matt Ein: “I’ve wanted to work on a level cap increase since I joined Niantic! I miss the XP grind and racing to higher levels with my friends.”
  • Craig Kitzmann: “I’m very proud of several design changes that users will be seeing in Pokémon GO, including the new level up sequence!”

Which update are you most excited about and why?

  • Jessica Taylor: “Definitely the introduction of Pokémon that were first discovered in Kalos. Kalos is probably my favorite region after Johto—sorry, Kanto fans!”
  • Jocelyn Kim: “I can’t wait to see the Pokémon first discovered in the Kalos region start popping up! I think all Pokémon GO Trainers can agree that it’s always super exciting to encounter a new Pokémon in Pokémon GO. As a lifelong Pokémon fan, it’s honestly pretty magical to work with Pokémon and help them find their place in the various systems we have in Pokémon GO—raids, Buddy Adventure, GO Snapshot, and more. I’m always thinking about how every Pokémon has someone out there who loves it more than any other, and it makes me happy to be able to work with The Pokémon Company to help more people experience the joys of Pokémon.”
  • Tre Fitzgerald: “I can’t tell you!”
  • Matt Ein: “Definitely the level cap increase! The level progression past 40 is intended to be very challenging for players in terms of both mastery of the game mechanics and the effort required, so no one can shoot up to level 50 instantly.”* Craig Kitzmann: “I’m most excited for the level increase. I plan on playing Pokémon GO for the foreseeable future, and knowing I have a larger goal that I can work toward means I’ll have more reason to keep playing.”

What are you doing to level up?

  • Jessica Taylor: “Hopefully napping gratuitously. In game, though, I’ll just be trying to keep up with all the Special Research!”
  • Jocelyn Kim: “I’m stocking up on Lucky Eggs and Incense, and making sure that I stay on track with my daily streaks. I’ve also been planning more walks to the local park to hit up PokéStops and battle Gyms.”
  • Tre Fitzgerald: “Getting a corgi and going to sleep. Or did you mean in Pokémon GO? Either way, I think that’s plenty.”
  • Matt Ein: “I almost didn’t hit Rank 10 in Season 4 of the GO Battle League because of my work on this update, but I managed to hit it on the last day of the season. I’m looking forward to having a little more time to work on my Pokémon teams and grinding to level 50 in the new year.”
  • Craig Kitzmann: “I’ll most likely be going for the slow-burn approach. I’ll keep my daily play the same and just enjoy the journey towards level 50.”

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

Source: Official Pokémon GO blog

GO Beyond: The Pokémon GO journey continues beyond

Trainers,

Since we began our journey together over four years ago, Pokémon GO has evolved in so many ways. From the addition of battles—Raid Battles, Trainer Battles, and Team GO Rocket battles—to the discovery of over 600 different Pokémon that can be encountered in the game, the world of Pokémon GO has continued to change and expand in exciting, new ways.

The week of Monday, November 30, 2020, Pokémon GO will GO Beyond. We’ll be making big changes to how Trainers can level up and implementing Seasons, a new way to experience in-game events. Not only that, but Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region will be coming to Pokémon GO!

Level-up redesign coming soon; level cap increased to 50!

For the first time since the game’s launch, leveling up in Pokémon GO is getting rebalanced. There have been many features added and changes made to the game over the years, and we’ve revisited them to make leveling more fun than ever.

Trainers who have reached level 40 will soon have the opportunity to level up to level 50! Be one of the first to earn bragging rights as a level 50 Trainer—that is, if you’re up for the challenge.

For players who haven’t reached level 40 yet, you’ll find leveling up easier than ever before with adjustments to the various ways you can earn XP!

Read more here.

Experience Pokémon GO in a new way with Seasons

We’ve learned a lot from running both live and in-game events in Pokémon GO these past few years. We’re excited to put all we’ve learned to work in a brand-new way of experiencing in-game Pokémon GO events: Seasons.

Read more here.

Pokémon originally discovered in the Kalos region are coming

So far in Pokémon GO, we’ve encountered Pokémon originally discovered in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Galar. Starting Wednesday, December 2, 2020, we’ll be meeting Pokémon first discovered in the region where dreams and adventures begin—Kalos! With the recent arrival of Mega Evolution to Pokémon GO, it feels timely that Pokémon originally discovered in Kalos—the region where Mega Evolution was first discovered—will be making their debut.

Read more here.

12 Days of Friendship event

To prepare for these exciting developments, there will be a series of exciting bonuses available TODAY as we kick off our 12 Days of Friendship event! After the GO Beyond update goes live, there’ll also be lots to do in December to help you take advantage of all the changes, such as December Community Day and fun holiday events!

Read more here.

Since 2016, a lot has changed, both in the real world and in Pokémon GO. What hasn’t changed, however, is the fact that we have each other and our Pokémon. As Pokémon GO has grown, so have we—as Trainers, as a community, and as people. The game has grown beyond our wildest imaginations, and we’re thrilled to see it continue strong four years later. It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.

Now it’s time to GO Beyond—together!

Please be aware of your surroundings and follow guidelines from local health authorities when playing Pokémon GO. Upcoming events are subject to change. Be sure to follow us on social media, opt in to receiving push notifications, and subscribe to our emails to stay updated. For the latest on in-game events and feature updates, be sure to check this help center article.

—The Pokémon GO team

Source: Official Pokémon GO blog

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