Pokémon GO was supposed to have its own presentation at GDC this month. Set to be hosted be developer Niantic Labs, the presentation has officially been canceled.
What is Pokémon GO? Announced in September of last year, Pokémon GO is a mobile game that makes phone users Pokémon trainers, and puts them in the world with augmented reality challenges. The concept is vague as it stands now, and this talk was set to clear up some of the debate about what, exactly, we’d be playing.
Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke announced the cancellation, citing his company’s desire to focus on actually developing the game instead. Here’s what he said to Game Informer about deciding to drop the 30-minute presentation.
“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.”
It’s a bummer to learn that we won’t be finding out more about Pokémon GO, but the fact that we’re nearing a beta phase is exciting. We’ll have more on this ambitious game soon.