Pokemon Go introduced that it will be delaying the introduction of two variant Pokemon as a consequence of “current developments.” Niantic introduced that it will not launch a planned collaboration with Pokemon Air Adventures on July twenty second, citing unnamed “current developments” which are doubtless associated to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. The deliberate collaboration would have launched a brand new costumed Pikachu that may solely seem in Okinawa, in addition to the shiny variant of Corsola, one other region-exclusive Pokemon that seems in Okinawa and different areas. The collaboration would have been the primary occasion to introduce a region-exclusive costumed Pokemon and was additionally a uncommon instance of a costumed Pokemon getting added as a consequence of a collaboration with one other firm. Niantic didn’t state when the collaboration would truly launch, however promised to share extra info as soon as particulars had been finalized.
COVID-19 instances are on the rise in Japan, resulting in the Japanese authorities declaring a state of emergency and saying extreme restrictions on upcoming occasions such because the Tokyo Olympics. To attenuate the possibilities of a brand new outbreak, Tokyo officers banned native spectators from attending Olympic occasions. Moreover, Japan has additionally positioned restrictions on alcohol gross sales. A state of emergency in Okinawa was not too long ago prolonged to August twenty second.
Pokemon Go has confronted some pushback from followers because it eases restrictions and precautions arrange in the course of the current pandemic. Gamers negatively reacted to Pokemon Go‘s plans to rollback several bonuses added to assist keep social distancing throughout play, though Niantic didn’t situation a reply to the criticism. Plans to host dwell photograph op occasions in a number of cities all over the world throughout this weekend’s Pokemon Go Fest occasion had been additionally met with some skepticism, though Pokemon Go harassed that there have been no bonuses or mechanical benefits to attending and had been distributing tickets to assist restrict ticket sizes.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this 12 months’s Pokemon Go Fest can be a worldwide occasion that can require a $5 ticket to play. The 2-day occasion will characteristic an opportunity to acquire the Legendary Pokemon Meloetta, together with a number of new Shiny Pokemon and entry to region-exclusive Pokemon that are not sometimes out there in most areas. The occasion takes place July seventeenth and July 18th.