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If you were hoping to learn more about Pokemon GO during its Game Developers Conference session schedule for March 14, you’re going to have to wait a bit longer. It looks like the developer has cancelled its presentation in order to keep focusing on actually finishing the game.
If you pop on over to the GDC website, you’ll see a posting for a session called “Catch ‘em all: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming.” The event description explains that the team at Niantic has been working on real world gaming for three years, with Pokemon Go being its latest effort in collaboration with Nintendo and starring the world’s most adorable pocket-sized monsters.
The session touts a talk from Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke, who planned to unveil the “unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience” to the masses that would take folks outside and treat them to both capturing and battling Pokemon in a real-world setting.
Scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. on March 14, the session has now been cancelled, obviously bumming out quite a few people who were planning to attend. The description promised an in-depth look at the way the game works; something fans of Pokemon have been dying for since Nintendo announced the game’s existence.
Apparently there’s plenty of work left to do on Pokemon GO, however, as that’s exactly why the team has decided to cancel its plans. Hanke offered the following statement in order to explain why Niantic would not be presenting at GDC, as planned.
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.
If the team is so busy that Niantic can’t spare an afternoon to give a talk on Pokemon GO, we imagine that beta and launch he references is further away than maybe some folks anticipated. It also stands to reason that the game might not be ready to show off, even in an early stage, just yet. That would be a good reason to maybe not present it to a GDC crowd.
Niantic planned on having that beta out sometime this winter, which is basically wrapping up at this point. Hopefully we’ll hear something soon, as upcoming events like E3 would be a good time for folks to test the game out in an ocean of like-minded trainers looking to catch and battle Pokemon in a single location.