This week The Pokemon Company let the world in on a few of their plans, and no matter how weird the elevator music was, or the how awkward the Godzill
This week The Pokemon Company let the world in on a few of their plans, and no matter how weird the elevator music was, or the how awkward the Godzilla shoutout was, the entire thing was pretty exciting as a whole. Most notably, the announcement of Pokemon Sleep got a big rise out of poke-fans the world over.
Quietly, however, Pokemon GO developers Niantic posted an update on their blog stating that July 1st would be the cut-off for support of the game’s Apple Watch extension.
Why, you ask, are they ceasing the support for smart-watch worn by millions? Well, it seems that Niantic is focused on allowing their game to be played on a single device. Last year, they introduced Adventure Sync to the world of Pokemon GO.
This addition to the game takes steps take during your everyday adventuring and adds it to the game upon launching. As the ability to keep track and run your step-counts on the Apple Watch was the only reason for the extension, it has become an external need for attention that has no purpose.
“Because Adventure Sync allows Trainers the option of tracking their steps, earning Buddy Candy, and hatching Eggs in one mobile device rather than 2 separate devices, we want to focus on building Adventure Sync so that Trainers will no longer have to split their gameplay between 2 devices,” reads the update from Niantic.
Adventure Sync takes onboard, or selected fitness and tracking apps and brings them into the game saving players from having to keep the game running. As Niantic states, it also keeps players from having to use external apps and devices.
We expect Niantic to continue to evolve the Pokemon GO game as both the development of mobile hardware grows, and as the team gets closer to the launch of Pokemon Sleep.
Officially, the support of Pokemon GO on Apple Watch devices will stop on July 1st, 2019. So be prepared.