An upcoming 30-minute Pokemon GO presentation that was to take place at the Game Developers Conference has been cancelled, so far without explanation.
The Pokemon GO presentation that was set to take place at the Game Developers Conference on the 14th of March has been cancelled. This news comes from the GDC’s website where the 30-minute session has been removed from the conference’s schedule.
The presentation, entitled “Catch ‘Em All: ‘Pokemon GO’ and Real World Gaming” was to be led by John Hanke, CEO and founder of Niantic, the company that Nintendo are partnering with to develop Pokemon GO. According to the event’s description, the talk would have been a discussion about how his company has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors. Attendees were also due to receive a first-hand, in-depth look at how players are going to be interacting and exploring the world with one another through Pokémon GO.
Reportedly, the meeting would have gone into detail about The Pokemon Company and Niantic’s collaborative approach to design and development for the game, as well as exploring the next evolution of augmented reality and real-world mobile gameplay experiences. As of yet, there has been no word from the GDC or Niantic as to why the meeting was cancelled, though the news is very disappointing to the many fans who are eagerly awaiting news on Pokemon‘s first unique mobile project.
Whilst we don’t know much about the new Pokemon AR game, the details we have so far are very exciting. Recently, Hanke and Chief Marketing Director Mark Quigley revealed a ton of new information about Pokemon GO in an interview, sparking a lot of excitement from fans. In the interview, the duo revealed that not only are Pokemon unique to each area of the world, there will also be gyms where trainers can test their team’s strength, just like in the main series titles.
With $30 million being put into Pokemon GO‘s development, Nintendo is investing a lot of time and money on the highly-anticipated app. Despite the risk however, there’s little doubt that the app will be successful, considering how many Pokemon fans have always wanted the chance to go out into the world and experience catching their own Pokemon. Last year, Google announced that Pokemon GO was one of the most searched games of 2015, removing any doubt that people are excited about the project.
Pokemon GO is set to release in 2016, as part of the franchise’s 20th anniversary celebrations.