Over the past few days, we’ve received a number of inquiries about a rumor claiming “a potential September release date for Generation 3”.
Curious as we are, we went online to research this rumor, only to find that the source of these rumors is a couple of misinformed sensationalist articles, mostly published by media outlets that don’t usually write about Pokemon GO.
To the best of our knowledge, Generation 3 doesn’t have a “potential September release date”. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but be aware that there have been no official hints, data mines, metadata dumps or GAME_MASTER leaks in relation to Generation 3.
The only thing we know with relative certainty is that Niantic is planning another content update in the last quarter of 2017, as shared by John Hanke (Niantic CEO) on the Mobile World Congress 2016:
In other words, literary nothing is hinting at a release date in September or any other month. For comparison sake, months before Generation 2 was announced there were leaks left and right:
- November 7, 2016 – Gen 2 discovered in the metadata, v0.45.0 (initial leak)
- January 17, 2017 – Gen 2 appears in GAME_MASTER, v0.53.1
- February 15, 2017 – Gen 2 is fully supported in the game, including badges etc, v0.57.2
- February 17, 2017 – Gen 2 released
That’s more than three months before the update was released, with confirmed leaks coming straight from the APKs and game related files.
Take your time, enjoy the summer, catch as many Legendary Pokemon as you can and don’t worry – we’ll let you know if Generation III leaks while you’re on vacation.