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UPDATE 2 (3/3): Niantic’s CEO John Hanke has issued a statement regarding the cancellation of the event, revealing that the company instead wants to focus on getting the game ready for Beta testing. Read it in full below:

“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.”

UPDATE (3/3): GDC 2016 announced through its official schedule page that the Pokémon session, titled ‘Catch ‘Em All: ‘Pokémon GO’ and Real World Gaming’, has been cancelled.


Ever since its reveal, people have been talking about Pokémon GO, eagerly awaiting any and all bits of information that come to light on the ambitious mobile title. It seems the wait won’t be much longer, as the Game Developer’s Conference will feature a session on it sometime during the event. GDC attendees will receive a look at the augmented reality game and its development curated by Niantic, Inc. founder and CEO John Hanke. The company’s partnership with Nintendo and the Pokémon Company has been mostly under wraps since the title’s reveal in September of last year, sparking speculation and excitement during the franchise’s 20th anniversary year.

The Game Developer’s Conference will take place March 14th through 18th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. It stands as the world’s largest professionals-only game industry event, as well as the longest running. Pokémon GO’s presence will represent another look at Nintendo’s growing list of new partnerships and more experimental endeavors.


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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.