The first significant update to Pokémon Go since the gamewas released almost a month ago has left many players disappointed after it chose to remove a key feature rather than fix it.
When the game was launched on July 6, it included a footprint tracker feature that allowed players to zero in on nearby Pokémon. Opening a box in the bottom-right corner of the screen would show nearby targets each with one, two or three footprints underneath them, indicating how far they were away from the player in intervals of 100m.
Shortly after the game was released, however, the feature stopped working, a glitch that was rumoured to be related to the Google Maps interface that the game uses. Now, in an update to Pokémon Go released over the weekend, the game has removed the step counter entirely, simply showing a list of close Pokémon in the “Nearby” box.
The update has resulted in a fierce backlash from fans. The iOS App Store gives it just a two star rating, and the Google Play Store has been inundated with one-star reviews.