Pokémon GO enthusiasts, rejoice! Niantic, the developer behind this wildly popular augmented reality game, has unveiled ‘Party Play,’ an exciting multiplayer feature that transforms your Pokémon journey into a collaborative adventure with friends, provided they are close by.
This feature is now live in Pokémon GO, and it’s designed to bring trainers together for cooperative gameplay. With ‘Party Play,’ you can team up with up to three of your friends and embark on exciting adventures.
Teaming up with friends is particularly advantageous for taking on raids, as it grants access to a special Party power gauge. When this gauge is filled, it doubles the power of your next attack, providing a significant advantage during battles.
As a united team, you’ll have the opportunity to take on exclusive Party Challenges, and once successfully completed, these challenges will reward all members of your party.
Additionally, you’ll have access to insights into your friends’ progress, including details about their Pokémon collections, walking distances, and even the number of successful throws they’ve made. Furthermore, a new Special Research task is now available, offering the chance to earn Eevee-themed shirts as a stylish in-game reward.
However, it’s important to note that ‘Party Play’ is exclusively proximity-based, meaning you and your friends must physically be in close proximity to each other to form a party.
Remote play is not an option, aligning with Niantic’s commitment to promoting outdoor and in-person gameplay over remote alternatives. While this shift in strategy did spark some controversy earlier in the year, ‘Party Play’ is an exciting step forward in the ongoing evolution of Pokémon GO.
The timing for this new multiplayer feature couldn’t be better, coinciding with the ongoing Spooky Season events in the game. It’s the perfect opportunity for trainers to come together and enjoy outdoor walks and adventures with friends.
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