In-game map updated: OpenStreetMap data imported, notable changes all around the globe

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Trainers, the Pokemon GO in-game map was updated, now featuring the latest changes that were added to the Open Street Maps data set. We are still working to confirm the reach of this change, but it seems it’s a worldwide change.

It all started yesterday, with a number of Australian players reporting that the map was changed in various areas around Melbourne. A number of reports from other Australian regions soon followed, but there were no further reports from other parts of the world.

Today, a reddit thread popped up on The Silph Road, claiming that the in-game map was updated in his area (Winnipeg, Canada). Luckily, these claims were soon backed up by a series of screenshots from before and after (click for high resolution version):

Pokemon GO Map Changes (November 2017)

A similar thing was later observed in various other parts of the world, especially in places with high housing concentration. It seems that a number of residential areas are no longer visible on the map, following an import of the fresh OSM data set.

The following areas have been confirmed affected:

  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Australia (for a week, at least)
  • East Asia (general area)

However, we believe that this is a rolling change, so it may take a while before your area is affected. The following areas have confirmed not receiving any updates yet:

  • Croatia (eastern Europe)
  • Ireland
  • East Coast USA
  • Mexico

Interestingly, players have reported that the update is purely visual, bringing no new spawn points or nests. This is, of course, subject to change in the future, but as of now, it’s a purely cosmetic change.

Has the map changed in your area? Let us know in the comment section below!

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