One of the biggest selling points of Pokemon Go is that it lets players find Pokemon in the real world. But since Niantic disabled the game’s monster tracker just weeks after launch, most have been left to fend for themselves.
As the cold weather inches closer, though, the in-game map remains nowhere to be found, and Pokemon fans are just about ready to give up on the massive mobile game.
When the original nearby Pokemon tracking feature proved glitchy shortly after launch, Niantic responded by removing it entirely.
The developer promised that a fix was incoming, and things looked to be on the up-and-up when the San Francisco Bay area received an overhauled locating feature in beta.
Yet there are still no plans to bring that out of the Bay and into the world, Niantic confirmed to Polygon.“Niantic is still testing a new type of tracking that’s geo-locked to San Francisco,” a representative told us.
“At this moment, there is no estimated timeline to potentially rolling it out wider.”That won’t assuage the fears of the still-dedicated mass of Pokemon trainers, who long for guidance as winter nears.“Niantic took away the trackers right before winter,” wrote one Reddit user. “I hope they come out with one cause who is going to wander around aimlessly in the cold?”