The Pokémon Go tracker has never been perfect and the “three step glitch” kept a lot of players from finding Pokémon in the beginning. This issue with the tracker has driven many players to use third-party tracking apps in order to hunt Pokémon effectively but Niantic has shut all of the most popular apps down. They have already confirmed that they are working on a tracker but it’s currently only being tested in San Francisco.
According to Polygon, a Niantic representative confirmed that a new tracker is on its way:
“Niantic is still testing a new type of tracking that’s geo-locked to San Francisco. At this moment, there is no estimated timeline to potentially rolling it out wider.”
There are many players who believe that Pokémon Go will lose popularity if an effective in-game tracker isn’t released before the winter hits.
One Reddit user admitted that they would stop playing the game if it involved wandering through the snow:
Niantic took away the trackers right before winter. I hope they come out with one cause who is going to wander around aimlessly in the cold?
According to Pokémon Go Hub, Niantic took down the third-party apps so that players could play the way it was meant to play:
Players have since then created multiple alternatives to the in game tracking, like PokeMesh and FastPokeMap, but Niantic objected and attempted to shut down all of the third party trackers.
It’s disconcerting to see days go by and player base fluctuate, mostly due to a simple fact:players cannot play the game as it is intended to be played.
It doesn’t exactly seem fair to take away the trackers without providing one of their own but it’s good to know that a new tracker will appear at some point.