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Overview of Niantic Friends and CATAN – World Explorers

CATANFionaCATANFiona Administrator Posts: 341 Admin

Hi Explorers, 

This week we released Niantic Friends, a new cross-game feature to unify your Friends Lists across Niantic apps. This means that if you have Friends in other Niantic apps that play CATAN – World Explorers, they will be automatically added to your CATAN – World Explorers Friends list.  

With this update, if you add or remove a Friend on one app, this will be reflected in your other apps. If you have accidentally removed a Friend, you will recover your friendship status in all apps by re-adding them. Please note that your email address in CATAN – World Explorers and other Niantic apps must match for these changes to take effect.

The next step to this update will be an increase to the Friend’s list. Currently, the limit is 200, but this will increase to 400 in the coming weeks. We will update the community when this feature of the Niantic Friends launch is live. At the moment, if you had a full Friends list on multiple apps, it’s possible that you will temporarily have more Friends than the current capacity and will not be able to add more. 

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions.

-The CATAN – World Explorers Team



  • GrogyanGrogyan Member Posts: 434 ✭✭✭

    It is an absurd feature.

    The inability to selectively choose which friends you want to share activity between selective games shows poor design decisions were made in the RWP dev team.

    Can we have this removed, or reverted to what it was before the merge.

    We don't need more bloat on the already congested comm layer of the RWP. Which is already extremely laggy across WU, Catan and Pokémon GO, regardless if on strong 5G or home wifi.

  • V3N0MV3N0M Member Posts: 1


    The community in all Niantic games like Pokémon Go, Harry Potter Wizards Unite and also Catan are more than upset about these changes. You will be shown players who have tested a game for maybe only 2 minutes. There is also no warning that deleting a friend in e.g. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will also remove the friend in Pokémon Go or Catan. 

    The feedback on our Facebook pages and Telegram channels is clear: Here you have developed a feature that no one wants and does not provide the necessary options to disable or filter it. 

    The resources spent on this feature would have been better invested in fixing bugs.

    Br V3N0M

    Team GoGames

  • ZinkyZonkZinkyZonk Member Posts: 91 ✭✭✭

    Changes did not ruffle me but some folks were surprised.

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