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Pokémon Go: Lock module box spat - there is transparency ... and "transparency

While some Pokémon Go fans are upset about how PokéStop recharging is bugged and we wonder if AR scanning field research shouldn't be reconsidered by Niantic, other players are upset about the Lock Module Box. As we reported, players even in the same region are calling out a wide variety of prices for the Lock Module Box; they range from 350 to 700 Pokécoins - converted into euros, that would be 3.50 euros to 7 euros for a box whose contents aren't really worth that price. Officially, the developers of Pokémon Go have not provided an explanation for this.

It is an A/B test that should not be falsified by transparency

As the authors of My MMO noticed, some Pokémon Go players have also received an answer to their question about the lure module boxes in the meantime. The tenor: it is a test with different groups to improve the game experience. Niantic's staff decided to keep quiet about it so as not to falsify the test results.

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Responses from other players to ZyoniK's tweet are mixed, but underscore what they think of the Lockmodul box. Meaningfully, Eduardo de Oliveira writes: "It was clear from the beginning that this was an A/B test. So the best thing is always not to buy. Maybe with the test they will eventually reach a fair price, something like 10 Pokécoins."

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Transparency ... And "transparency"

The Pokémon Go account GoStadiumPvP also tweeted a comment from Niantic. Again, it says that the developers of Pokémon Go deliberately decided against communicating the test. And it goes further, the negative feedback from Pokémon Go players has already been noticed. "The feedback will be seriously considered when it comes to how we improve transparency and communication with trainers," the folks at GoStadiumPvP quote.

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The fact that players are reacting angrily could have been foreseen by those responsible for Pokémon Go. For years, players have been complaining about a lack of willingness to communicate on the part of the developers of the pocket monster collecting game, and such a procedure as now with the Lock Module Box does not necessarily promote trust in the Niantics' will to change.

Since October, the developers want to offer more transparency, but in fact not much more has come around than the previously known monthly blogs, which are almost exclusively dedicated to the events in the game. In September 2021, we wrote about the announcement of the Niantic Task Force: "The hope would be that monthly communications to the community would no longer focus purely on the activities in the game, but also take a look at the work of the developers: What problems are they currently addressing, what features need adjustments?" To be honest, this hope has not been fulfilled satisfactorily so far.

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