Even Pokémon GO isn’t immune to the changing video game climate. Developers Niantic have announced a new “content list” for hatchable eggs, a common component of loot box mechanics.
Currently in the testing phase, being rolled out over time, this new system will allow users to display a list of which Pokémon have the chance of releasing from a hatched egg. It organizes each Pokémon by level of rarity, as well. The specific percentage rates of each Pokémon are not displayed, instead using a 1-5 egg ranking to determine rarity.
This follows an ongoing conflict with loot boxes in video games. Many nations now require that the odds of loot box rewards be displayed clearly while other countries have gone as far as to ban them entirely.
Pressure for change has hit Niantic too, with Pokémon GO being an international trend. The data mining community has rallied in the past to demand more transparency to the egg drop rates, especially after rare Pokémon were only available via eggs during certain events.
There’s an argument to be made about whether eggs count as loot boxes. They are easily obtainable, and cannot be hatched without walking, so the monetary connection isn’t direct. Users can purchase incubators to speed up the process, however. And since it uses the same randomization technique common in loot boxes and gambling alike, people are pushing for it being treated as such.
Whether you agree with the reasons or not, more details about how the eggs work isn’t a bad thing for anyone. So for that, we are happy about the upcoming change.