Developer, Niantic, has issued an update which added some much-anticipated features - including the ability to re-customise the appearance of your character and the re-balancing of some Pokemon characters’ powers in order to make the game more competitive.
However, many users have taken to social media to express their frustration that the app’s Pokemon tracking tool has been completely removed, after it failed in the first days of the app’s launch. The three-step counter gave an indication of how close Pokemon were by showing between one and three footprints beneath each creature’s icon - more steps indicating a greater distance away.
Pokemon Go also took steps to address some of the safety concerns surrounding the app, with the update adding alerts when the game is opened which remind players not to enter “dangerous areas” while playing after four teenagers in Wiltshire became lost in a mine while using the app.
There have also been reports in Japan of gamers entering the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant.