It turns out the appearance of legendary Pokémon Articuno in Pokémon GO wasn’t meant to be and developer Niantic is not letting you keep the newly acquired bundle of joy.
The under fire developer released a statement following the outbreak of legendary Pokémon, saying they have “rectified the situation” and “revoked” the mythical Pokémon.
“We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokemon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have, To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokemon from the Trainers’ accounts.”
Players in Ohio, USA were picking up the Pokémon with relative ease, with the community hitting the streets around the world hoping for the same. One Ohio player by the name kaitcovey claimed that the developer gave her the Pokémon as an apology for the ongoing issues hampering the game.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t true, leaving many to believe the more tech savvy players have been manipulating the code to catch Pokémon not yet available in the mobile game.
Furthermore, the community is showing unrest with developer Niantic and how they’re communicating with the game’s fanbase. They’ve stayed relatively quiet on a number of issues, including the broken “nearby” mechanic that makes catching Pokémon near impossible.
With Niantic removing legendary Pokémon, shutting down online tracking websites and refusing to integrate more with the community, Pokémon GO is looking like a mobile app destined to fail.
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