The Pokemon Company announces that daily quests will soon come to Pokemon GO, giving players extra experience and items for catching Pokemon and other related tasks.
It's clear that Pokemon GO's recent Halloween update provided developer Niantic with a significant boost in revenue. But overall, there's no question that the free-to-play game's active player base remains much lower than what it was at earlier this year, with some analysts estimating that the game may have lost as many as 15 million daily users.
But now, Niantic and The Pokemon Company may have come up with a solution that will keep players logging in on a regular basis. It was announced today in a post on the official Pokemon GO website that players will soon be able to earn daily bonuses for completing certain activities and an additional weekly bonus for consistently logging in every day.
As an example, IGN notes that catching a Pokemon will earn the player 500 XP and 600 Stardust each day but players who perform this task for seven consecutive days will earn an additional 2,000 XP and another 2,400 Stardust. Similarly, checking in at a Pokestop will earn players 500 XP plus a few items each day, while players who check in for seven straight days will also pick up another 2,000 XP and even more items. All of these bonuses will be in addition to what players would normally earn for catching a Pokemon or checking in at a Pokestop. The timer for the daily quests will reset each day at 12 a.m. local time.
There's no timetable for when this update will be released, with the post on the official site simply saying that it's coming "soon." Still, with the success of the recent Halloween update pushing the mobile app back towards the top of the charts on the iOS and Google Play stores, one would expect Niantic to get these daily quests out as quickly as possible in order to maintain the app's momentum.
At the very least, this may be seen as a step in the right direction by the countless players who abandoned the game over controversies like the removal of the Pokemon tracker and the closure of third-party services that offered the same feature. Niantic has been steadily making some other changes to the game as well, including an update for the game's numerous gyms and making the collection of rare Pokemon easier. It's important to note that even with the lower daily user count, Pokemon GO remains the fastest earning mobile game in history, and that's a designation that's probably not going to go away anytime soon.
Pokemon GO is out now on iOS and Android.