Last night, Niantic made drastic changes to Pokémon Go’s EX Raids that increased the number of people taking part.
When EX Raids were launched late last year, fans could only join them by invite-only, meaning players who wanted to try to capture the legendary Pokémon Mewtwo would need to wait their turn to join in.
Once a player was invited, they would need to go to a set location on a specific date where Mewtwo would be waiting. Mewtwo is one of the strongest Pokémon in the game, so players needed to group up and work together to capture it.
Late last night, however, an uncommonly high number of players were given invites to attend EX Raid events. Fans were delighted to be finally receiving one of these rare invites until they discovered where Mewtwo was positioned.
Players lucky enough to receive EX Raid passes for raids found that they were taking place in other countries or miles from where they live. It seems that if a player visited a specific Pokéstop while on vacation or when traveling, the game thinks that they live nearby and invites them to that area instead of somewhere locally.
It is unknown at this time why the game is inviting players at these specific locations. But for those lucky enough to get an invite to a local raid, the Mewtwo EX Raids will be starting this weekend.