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About half a year ago, it seemed that Nintendo’s Pokémon GO was at the cutting edge of mobile games, which is a bold new front for the company. Working with the developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company, the video game company looked like they are going to transform the series into a location-based mobile game that will allow players to catch Pokémon and do battle with these creatures out in the real world.

But since the game was announced, we have not literally heard something significant about it. There was only the initial trailer that offered a small glimpse of the actual game footage, with the rest being fantastical computer-generated imagery of Pokémon in real-world locations, in which the game is not believed to be. And this year, Nintendo has already scheduled 2 Direct presentations for the new 3DS Pokémon games, “Sun” and “Moon”, and for the Wii U and 3DS games for 2016, noting that the company will not particularly talk about mobile, which means that there will be nothing about Pokémon GO.



Though hopes were up among fans to hear new information and get the first real look at the game at the scheduled upcoming GDC presentation by Niantic’s founder and CEO John Hanke entitled “Catch ‘Em All: ‘Pokemon GO’ and Real World Gaming”, the event was cancelled.

So, what is really going on with Pokémon GO? Well, it has become even more difficult to know, with nothing about the game’s rollout seeming to be timely and logical so far. At almost 6 months after its announcement, we still have not seen even a single shred of footage from the actual game aside from the brief snippets offered in the trailer and in the half-hour press conference held during its announcement.

Nevertheless, Hanke has issued a statement on the cancellation of the GDC talk, saying “We have decided to forego our GDC talk on Pokémon GO in order to focus on getting the product ready for beta test and launch. As much as we hate to disappoint those in the industry attending GDC, we feel our time and energy right now are best spent on making sure every aspect of the product is where we want it to be.”

So, we cannot assume that the event’s cancellation means that Pokémon GO itself has been cancelled. The game would certainly be a huge moment for Nintendo and the series, so the company is just probably wanting to show fans that they can be a major player in the mobile gaming industry using one of the most beloved brands in the world. If the game is cancelled or plagued with issues in its release, then it would be very bad for them indeed.

However, fans could not help to think that Nintendo seems is announcing projects too soon, and the lack of information and the delays have kept people wondering what will be coming. Some people even say that it would be bad to let the Pokémon GO hype in this past 6 months to just wither and die because of these issues.

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