When Niantic is trending on Twitter, it's almost assuredly not for a good reason. Today, the developer announced that the next Pokemon Go Community Day will revolve around Stufful, Normal/Fighting-type Pokemon from the Alola region. Niantic also announced that the next Community Day will revert back to the old three-hour time window, as opposed to the six-hour window that was instituted in 2020. The company claims that its internal research says only about 5% of players take part in Community Day for more than three hours. That might be true, but it also forces players to play during a much smaller window!
Since the announcement, many fans have taken to social media to share their disappointment. Niantic made a number of helpful changes to Pokemon Go at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but those changes have been slowly shifting back, and a lot of fans don't like it. When Niantic changed the spin distance for PokeStops, the company eventually relented after heavy fan pressure. It's possible the same could happen with Community Day, but we'll just have to wait and see!
Keep reading to see what fans are saying about Pokemon Go!
Three hours doesn't offer much flexibility.
First world problem? You betcha. Still disappointed? Hell yes. My work hours occupy more than 2 hours of the next #pokemongo community day. Thanks of thinking me, and others in my situation @NianticLabs— kinoue (@kinouefukuoka) March 23, 2022
It doesn't work well with Stufful, either!
Okay so Stuffle comunity day is only 3 hours, and the expect us to get 400 candies per evolve? Niantic is dropping the ball again 🧐— DanTheWildBirdMan (@DanTheWildBird1) March 23, 2022
Different players like to play during different windows.
Niantic really is taking away every qol update that benefited a lot of ppl huh 🤡 “our stats show only 5% played for the full 6 hours” ok but give us the stats for a window of time. I’ll bet there’s A LOT 11-2 and A LOT 2-5 separately. It doesn’t hurt Niantic at all to keep it 🤷🏻♀️— BEET NASTY ＼（^０ ^）／ (@mirandathepansy) March 23, 2022
Specific Community Days probably play a role in overall interest.
No wonder why Niantic is thinking that less than 5% played 6-hour CD – most of CD were terrible (PVP-focused or Charmander x 10 times). Maybe the problem is not the duration but quality of the CD#pokemon #pokemongo #nianticbeingniantic— Kanapkazsalata 40x94 (50) 🇵🇱 1.8B XP (@kanapkazsalata) March 23, 2022
Will Stufful Community Day be a bust?
Hey @NianticLabs who thought cutting community days in half would be a good idea? It’s pointless now to plan a day with friends for a three hour window. Sandshrew community day was a bust and stufful will be even worse 😑 #PokemonGOCommunityDay— hoagie doesnt know what to do for lent 🖤 (@scaredycath) March 23, 2022
That would have been a much better idea!
You could have just created a 3-hour pass which we can use on that day.March 23, 2022
It feels like the PokeStop controversy all over again.
What the F@%k Niantic....now you cut times back to 3 hours on CD!?😡 You guys pay zero attention to your community ever since you have us the pokestop distance. Some of us people have to work 2-5. QUIT NERFING THE GAME BACK TO WHAT IT WAS!!!— Dustin King (@Silv3rfoxMemes) March 23, 2022