Niantic Teases Avatar Update, Hints More Changes Ahead.

Niantic, the company behind the popular mobile game Pokémon GO, has recently been in the spotlight due to the Avatar System update that faced severe backlash from players. The new character customisation system introduced as part of the Rediscover Pokémon GO promotional campaign has been widely criticised for its androgynous looking characters, numerous bugs, and overall unattractive appearance. However, in a recent interview with Eurogamer, Micheal Steranka, Niantic's game director, hinted at more changes to come for the Avatar system.

Steranka acknowledged the mixed feedback on the Avatar update, stating that changing something as fundamental as the avatars after seven-and-a-half years was a risky move. He mentioned that the team has already made some updates and adjustments, such as improving body proportions and skin tones, but assured players that this is just the beginning. Steranka expressed the goal of making the Avatar system more diverse and inclusive so that every player can feel represented in the game.

One of the technical challenges Niantic faced with the Avatar update was adapting the existing backlog of avatar items and clothing to the new customizable characters. Despite the difficulties, Steranka reassured players that the team has been working hard to address the feedback and make further improvements to the Avatar system.

While the technical challenges of overhauling the Avatar system are understandable, players have been vocal about their dissatisfaction with the new avatars' appearance. Many have criticized the characters for looking outlandish, bloated, and disproportionate, making it difficult for players to connect with their in-game avatars.

It is encouraging to see Niantic respond to player feedback and commit to making additional changes to the Avatar system. As players continue to voice their opinions and concerns, it is essential for Niantic to prioritize addressing the core issues that have caused backlash and ensure that the Avatar system reflects the diverse player base of Pokémon GO.

In conclusion, Niantic's willingness to listen to feedback and make improvements to the Avatar system is a step in the right direction. As the company continues to work on enhancing the player experience, we hope to see significant changes that address the concerns raised by the community. Stay tuned for more updates on the Avatar system in Pokémon GO.

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