Part of Pokémon Go‘s expansion of its battle mechanic was the raid system, which now allows trainers to battle powerful boss Pokémon in Gyms. Once Legendary Pokémon started being added to the game, an additional mode, EX Raids, was slowly released to offer Mewtwo, one of the most powerful Pokémon, to players. Since its limited launch, players have had a hard time getting into the invite-only raids, leading to a majority of the community asking for a change.
Thankfully, it seems Niantic has finally heard the outcry. Posting on the Niantic Support Twitter page, the developer has confirmed they will rework the invitation system for EX Raid battles moving forward. Hopefully, this will give more players a chance to tackle the system’s current boss and any other possible creatures down the line.
Trainers, thank you for your feedback on EX Raid Battles. We’re working to improve the invitation system based on what we heard from you.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) October 24, 2017
The frustration over EX Raids began quickly after its announcement in early September. Niantic invited a select number of players at random to participate in the battle, sending in-game tickets with a date, time, and location to compete in the battle. From there, a select number of cities were given the green light for the EX Raid system, but it was never completely clear which Gyms had to be completed to receive the pass. Anger grew from here after players slowly realized not only did a specific Gym have to be fought in, but it also had to be defeated at a specific time. In the developer’s defense, the system was touted as a beta, with a global rollout to arrive in the future, but it seemed no changes were being made from player feedback.
The main concern revolved around knowing there was a hidden checklist players had to randomly complete to be invited. Trainers realized the only one positive method was to battle every raid possible in the hopes of triggering that hidden ticket invite. When looking at the Pokémon Go online community, many trainers have expressed their frustration with the randomization of it all, especially when putting in daily attempts that can amount to nothing. For example, the community has birthed several figureheads for the game on YouTube, like Trainer Tips and Mystic7, who upload daily videos of catching Pokémon and battling in raids. Even these dedicated and daily users have yet to receive an invitation to the battle, with most only going to casual users that had no way of knowing how they were picked.
Even when players were invited, many noted the return time was in the middle of a weekday, causing many who work or attend school to have to opt out of the battle. In turn, every aspect of the system has turned off trainers, which makes the announcement that Niantic is changing things that much sweeter. For now, trainers still have time to enjoy the current in-game Halloween event that offers new Generation III Ghost-type Pokémon.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Game Rant