“Because of the latest developments.”
Pokémon Go will no longer release a Pikachu special edition for the Japanese tourism hotspot Okinawa on July 22nd.
The custom shirted Pikachu should be the game’s first regional costumed creature – and more should be on the way.
But developer Niantic has now released an update stating that the release will no longer take place – “due to the latest developments”.
Last week, fears of a renewed spike in Japanese Covid cases forced organizers of the Tokyo Olympics to decide to hold the event behind closed doors.
Ticket holders will be given a refund despite criticism of the decision for arriving so late – just 10 days before the Games opening ceremony.
Pikachu in a Kariyushi shirt typical of Okinawa was designed as part of Pokémon Air Adventures – a new promotion aimed at boosting tourism and air travel to the Okinawa Islands, including a freshly designed plane with Pokémon livery.
It is unclear if the rest of the action will take place or when it might be postponed.
Pokémon Go itself recently sparked criticism for discussing how the game would adapt in parts of the world currently recovering from the pandemic. These plans have not yet changed, but are only being implemented from country to country.