If you’ve been playing Pokémon GO since the update, you may have noticed that catching seems to be tougher and Pokémon are bursting out of your balls with increased frequency. Thankfully, this is due to a bug and not a planned gameplay change.

In a tweet yesterday the team at Niantic alerted fans that this was not planned.

I certainly have Because I’m super cynical, I had thought that this change may have been put there on purpose to boost the amount of in-game purchases because people would run out of balls faster. I’m very happy I’m wrong. Just yesterday I had a Pidgey break loose four times. A Pidgey! Unfortunately there’s no timeframe for when the issue might be fixed.


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Nicole has been playing games her entire life. Now that she's a mom, she's passionate about promoting games as a healthy pastime to other parents around the globe. She has been an editor at IGN, where she launched and hosted the Girlfight podcast. In her spare time (which is not very much, honestly) she enjoys gaming, reading, and writing fiction. Most of the time she’s a mom to a crazy, intelligent, and exhausting little girl.