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Popular Pokémon mod for Minecraft handed the smackdown

by Ron Duwell | July 17, 2017July 17, 2017 9:00 am PDT

All good fan-projects must come to an end, especially if Nintendo is in any way involved. Pixelmon, a popular mod for Minecraft that introduced Pokémon into its world, announced that it will be shutting down. The public beta saw a release earlier in July, and the creators said that each update saw anywhere from “50-450 thousand downloads.”

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company couldn’t really ignore that kind of success. The creators issued the statement through its official website.

With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development. We have had a great time making this mod and creating such a wonderful community but after a request from the Pokémon company we will be shutting our doors. I’m sorry for the disappointment this will cause but let’s remember all the great times we had playing Pixelmon, discussing Pokémon, making awesome things inside this mod and everything else that we’ve done.

All good things come to an end eventually and now is our time. However there are always more things to do, to be a part of and to enjoy. Keep going out there to find fun projects to be a part of and other great things to invest your time and enthusiasm into.

The mod became popular with YouTube videos that enjoyed millions of views. Many praised how faithfully Pixelmon captured the essence of the Pokémon series, going so far as to allow players to capture, breed, raise, and battle their monsters. The mod even allowed players, in Minecraft fashion, to dig for fossils and revive them!

That’s just how it goes in the world of fan projects.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...