Pokemon Go: Shorter community day changes coming soon?

Community day logo for Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go seems set to be undergoing some community day changes as Niantic eyes stats and feedback from January community day classic.

Changes to the Pokemon Go Community day events

Changes seem set to become the norm with Community day events for Pokemon Go, as Niantic seem to believe that the shorter three hour community days are better suited for the game and their own vision for it; with community leaders and players stating that it feels like more of the community was engaged with the shorter time available.

The following is a quote titled Community Day Adjustments, from Niantic and provided by Leekduck on the page for the upcoming Stufful Community day event.

We also wanted to take a moment to discuss some changes to the Community Day format we’ll be testing. In 2020, we doubled the length of our Community Day events, extending them from three hours to six. Since then, however, we’ve found that only five percent of our Trainers tend to participate in the event for more than three hours.

One of the biggest pieces of positive feedback that we received after January’s three-hour Community Day Classic was that players and community leaders noticed how much more of the community was out and about during the event. So, for Stufful Community Day, we’re returning to three-hour format. Our hope is that doing so will create even more opportunities for Trainers to play together and connect outside as they’re exploring.

We know that Trainers have enjoyed all of the extra resources that can be collected during longer events, so we’re adding some new and exciting perks to Stufful Community Day to give you the ability to collect just as many resources during gameplay. Check them out below!

Niantic statement via Stufful Community Day, source: Leekduck

Judging by the “For Stufful community day” remark, it seems like this is a trial for a return to doing this with all community days, likely depending on how the Pokemon Go community reacts at large to it.

Stufful in the Pokemon anime
Credit: Bulbapedia, the Pokemon Company

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While I don’t disagree that it makes perfect sense more of your community will be engaged at a given time if the total time available is shorter; it does raise concerns that some players such as those at work, school or otherwise busy will be much more likely to miss out on the community day event due to the timer provided.

Not to mention the added minor annoyance that halving the clock on community day events is one thing, but doing so for the one for Stufful, a Pokemon that needs 400 candy to evolve. With that in mind, this seems like bad timing to me.

Then again, maybe this is balancing out the timing Niantic had recently with a certain raid hour occurring during a Tornado. If this ends up blowing up in their face because of that timing though… well, it wouldn’t be the first time in recent history Niantic had to deal with backlash.

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