Niantic, the developers of Pokémon GO, have announced an update “on the upcoming Pokémon GO Safari Zone Events in Europe.” They’ve been delayed until the fall.
Niantic doesn’t offer an exact reason for the delays or their new dates. This is exactly what they post.
In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience for European Trainers, we have decided to postpone the events in Europe scheduled for August 5 (Copenhagen and Prague) and August 12 (Stockholm and Amsterdam) until a date later in the Fall. No other scheduled events are affected including the event scheduled for Yokohama, Japan on August 14 and the events scheduled for September 16 in France, Spain, and Germany.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you understand that our priority is to ensure a great experience for Pokémon GO Trainers in Europe and around the world.
That introductory bit is what’s likely most telling. “In order to guarantee the best possible gameplay experience,” it reads, tipping the company’s hand towards the massive disaster that was July’s Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago. Players traveled from all over to find the game didn’t work thanks to bugs and server issues, so Niantic had to refund them all for their tickets, give them a legendary Pokémon and hand them $100 in in-game cash.
They don’t want that on their hands again, so it looks like they’re trying to work some issues out ahead of the Safari Zone Events slated for Europe.
I’m not sure I’d be willing to drop cash to get to an event for a game that’s had problems working since day one. Would you?