Pokémon GO Lowers Requirements For Reviewing Pokéstops and Gyms

After introducing the community-driven Niantic Wayfarer program last year, the Pokémon GO developer is testing out lowering its high standards.

Pokémon GO Lowers Requirements For Reviewing Pokéstops and Gyms

Almost four years after the unforgettable summer 2016 release of Pokémon GO, developer Niantic is relaxing its requirements for its Wayfarer program, which currently only allows players that have reached the game's level cap review pokéstops and gyms. It's a novel service that empowers players to improve the game in their communities and allows Niantic to decentralize decision-making for the mobile ARG title's global web of points of interest, so expanding its membership seems like a great idea.

Built off the back of a similar user-driven curation program for Pokémon GO's gameplay precursor, Ingress, Niantic Wayfarer was introduced late last year to help the studio effectively remove poorly placed pokéstops and gyms (as well as Ingress portals) and let max level players nominate new ones in their place. A slight reduction of that time-consuming level requirement comes alongside a slew of other updates issued to ensure that housebound players have plenty to do in-game during the protracted COVID-19 quarantine, such as the ability to partake in gym raids remotely more generous methods for earning PokéCoins.

Related: Pokémon GO: May 2020 Tasks & Rewards

It's not a huge change for now, but Niantic took to Twitter to announce that level 40 players won't be the only ones allowed to review nominations and suggested edits for pokéstop and gym locations. Saying that they're "testing out lowering the level requirements to review Wayspots on Niantic Wayfarer," Pokemon GO players will be able to so starting at level 39, while similarly lowering the requirement in Ingress to level 11 Agents. While it may seem silly to change the level requisite by only one, it seems smart to not open the floodgates of potential trolls or less scrupulous players too quickly, and it's worth noting that the difference between levels 39 and 40 is separated by more than a dozen hours of average playtime.

In addition to the mysterious upcoming feature of pokéstop scanning, pokéstops and gyms that players everywhere have grown to see as mundane now have the greatest chance to see them majorly transform since the introduction of raid battles in 2017. If this test run of Niantic Wayfarer privileges pans out well, it's likely only a matter of time until the understandably cautious developer further expands the experienced fraction of the playerbase that can assist in improving the game world. It's unknown if dataminers would know of such a sudden development in advance, but Niantic's smart approach of coupling the announcement with the update for qualifying players eliminates a lot of the waiting that other studios allow.

A future version of Pokémon GO where even lower requirements for Niantic Wayfarer participation gives a sizable portion of players the ability to shape their local in-game map seems possible if level 39 players manage to not somehow turn Niantic off from the idea altogether. As it was with global Battle League leaderboards, though, the player-driven studio is very sympathetic to community demands, so the odds of this test succeeding are quite high.

Next: New Shiny Pokémon Available In May's GO Update

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DC Universe’s Swamp Thing Will Air On The CW This Summer

Swamp Thing has found a television home, with the former DC Universe superhero show set to air on the CW network during the coming summer.

DC Universe’s Swamp Thing Will Air On The CW This Summer

has found a television home, with the DC Universe show set to air on The CW during the coming summer. The series debuted on the streaming service in May 2019, airing the ten episodes of its first season there as one of five live-action programs that have launched on the streaming service. It also had the distinction of being the only live-action show to be canceled on DC Universe, meeting its announced end came just a couple of weeks after premiering.

Its demise stemmed from creative differences with the team at WarnerMedia, rather than the popularity and success of the show. In fact, there's some evidence the program - which starred Derek Mears as the titular creature - was one of DC Universe's best shows.  has a 94 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an astonishing mark. The United Kingdom has already witnessed why it's so popular via Amazon Prime, and now American viewers who don't subscribe to DC Universe will get the same opportunity this summer.

Related: Swamp Thing Vs. Man-Thing: Which Superhero Is More Powerful?

According to Deadline, The CW network has acquired the rights this summer. Acquisitions like this are common for the network, which also acquired , Coroner and Dead Pixels, all set to air in the coming months (none have premiere dates or set airing schedules yet). They are even more important this year, however, as there may not be an ability to create any new content while states and countries are working through stay-at-home orders driven by the coronavirus pandemic.

may see this as a final opportunity to save a show that was canceled almost a year ago. People have been clamoring for a second season for months now, with some footage of possible season 2 elements leaking last month. The character made an extremely brief cameo in this year's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, so it hasn't been forgotten altogether. Ian Ziering - who had a recurring role as Blue Devil on the DC Universe show - has also expressed optimism in the past about the show one day returning.

In this regard, the show couldn't have found a better home than The CW, which has been cranking out superhero shows from DC for almost a decade now. The network also already has a relationship with DC Universe, thanks to its agreement for both to air upcoming series Stargirl. Additionally, there will probably be a captive audience this summer, as the amount of activities available for the general public may be limited by state governments. At the end of the summer, The CW's acquisition of Swamp Thing may pay quick dividends.

Next: Swamp Thing's Crisis on Infinite Earths Cameo Explained

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