Developer Niantic creates games with Pokémon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite that require players to go outside. Due to the corona measures, whereby everyone is called on to stay at home as much as possible, Niantic adapts its games.
In a blog post, Niantic announces that the games will be changed in such a way that people can play them in and around their house. For example, it is possible to earn rewards in the games through home activities. For example, players earn points for cleaning the house or running on a treadmill.
Niantic's mobile games are all about going outside, as monsters and battles only appear in certain areas of the environment. "We are now prioritizing elements that can be done indoors," writes Niantic director John Hanke.
In Pokémon Go , it becomes possible to fight strong monsters online from home with the help of friends who are elsewhere. In addition, Niantic is looking at the possibility of giving people virtual access to their favorite places in the real world, until they can go out again.
Pokémon Go and Harry Potter previously had more options for those at home. For example, Pokémon players were better rewarded for catching Pokémon when they were inside. In Harry Potter , more game elements were added to the user's immediate environment, so they don't have to go far out to play.
It is not known when all innovations will end up in the games. Niantic speaks of "the coming days and weeks".