Pokémon Go for the Apple Watch is not canceled

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

It’s as true in tech news as it is in politics: Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

Despite reports on Saturday to the contrary, Pokémon Go is still coming to the Apple Watch.

Rumors of the demise of the watch companion to the popular game app first appeared on Reddit, where someone posted what appeared to be a customer support email saying that the app had been put on hold. Then, citing an unnamed source, 9to5Mac said that the wearable companion app for the popular game had indeed been shelved.

Not so, says Pokémon Go creator Niantic.

“Pokémon Go is still under development and has not been canceled,” a Niantic representative told Recode on Saturday. “We’ll have more news soon.”

The company made a similar statement on Twitter.


Niantic made a splash at Apple’s September event, when it showed a preview of a Pokémon Go companion app for its wearable. The app for Apple Watch was promised for before the end of the year.

That doesn’t leave much time for Niantic to make its deadline. Time is ticking — and there are Pikachus that need catching.

While the wait for the Apple Watch game app continues, there is already a dedicated wearable for Pokémon Go, a small, $35 Bluetooth device known as the Pokémon Go Plus, which allows basic game functions such as claiming resources from a nearby Poké Stop.

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