Pokémon Go is encouraging users to play together, remotely, by allowing them to invite friends to take on group battles.
The new feature is for Raid Battles, where up to 20 users work together to defeat powerful and rare Raid Boss for a chance to catch the Pokémon.
Currently users can invite up to five other users who they have added as friends in the game.
Users can even invite friends in different countries, versus having to all be in the same physical location.
Due to social distancing rules, game maker Niantic has been introducing features to allow players to keep playing without going out as much, even though Pokémon Go was made to encourage people to go outdoors and explore.
The ability to invite friends to raids is now live in Pokémon GO for Level 40 Trainers! Stay tuned as we continue to gradually roll out this feature to more Trainers. pic.twitter.com/Tu9dYEAHAx— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) July 15,2020
In a tweet, the feature was initially rolled out for level 40 – the highest level – players, though the developers are reducing the level requirement down to level 32 so far.
Separately, Niantic also implemented another Raid Battle related feature: Battle Passes would be returned if users withdraw before the battle starts.
"Trainers, we're happy to share that when you use a Raid Pass, Premium Battle Pass, or Remote Raid Pass to join a Raid Battle, the pass will now be consumed when the Raid Battle begins instead of when you join the lobby," it tweeted through the Niantic Support account.
This meant users could join a Raid Battle, wait up to 120 seconds in a lobby to see if other players were joining, and exit if there weren't enough players to defeat the Raid Boss.
Previously, the pass would be spent whether or not the user battles.
As free Raid Passes are limited to one a day while Premium Battle and Remote Raid Passes cost in game currency, the new format could reduce user frustration.
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