Niantic announced today that Generation III will be gradually released in December, while select ghost Pokémon will be available as early as tomorrow. The player reactions, at least the ones we read, are mixed — at best.

For those who missed the announcement, the following was shared on the official Pokémon GO channels:

Sableye, Banette, and a few other Ghost-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Hoenn region will be making their first-ever appearance in Pokémon GO. The rest of the Pokémon first seen in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games will gradually arrive starting as early as December!

We are not the ones to advocate for or against Niantic, but there is an argument (or two?) to be made: all of the previous Generations were released gradually, in one way or another. 

In fact, gradual rollout has been Niantic’s signature way of releasing new Generation Pokémon since day one. Long time players surely remember the hunt for Ditto, the African rumor and the overarching state of excitement the community was in once Ditto was actually released. After Ditto, we were greeted with the release of Generation II Baby Pokémon inside special winter Holiday eggs, followed by the release of the rest of Generation II in February.

To further drive the point home, this is how Niantic announced Gen II baby Pokémon last year:

Professor Willow has discovered Togepi and Pichu hatching from Eggs! Starting later today, Trainers will have the opportunity to hatch these and several other Pokémon that were originally discovered in the Johto Region in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games. These are the first of more Pokémon coming to Pokémon GO over the next few months. 

Although Professor Willow is not mentioned in today’s announcement, we can see that the overall structure of the statement is almost identical:

  • announce a limited number of upcoming Pokémon
  • mention the core game where they were first encountered
  • announce more additions in the future

In a nutshell, this is exactly the same announcement as before, with one dubious word: gradually. We believe that this doesn’t imply nothing vastly different from previous release cycles – an almost full Gen III roster is expected to be released in December, minus the “tricky to implement” Pokemon.

Which Pokemon does that include? Probably the likes of Slakoth, Vigoroth and SlakingNincada, Ninjask and Shedinja family and probably Legendary Pokemon. So far, it’s only confirmed that Deoxys will be implemented later on with a special set of mechanics – check the DB page for Deoxys, it’s stats are 1/1/1.

  • Josh Hack

    At this point in the games life, what we need is some fresh content to last us over the Winter Months. I was expecting PvP to come this month. The overall point is that By Niantic delaying everything far longer than it needs to be, players have nothing to do. So they leave the game. That’s why the games numbers went on a massive decline August 2016, and then again December 2016. If we as a community don’t get more to do than 5 Random Pokemon And a Broken EX System then the game will die.

    • bawn

      Right? But Niantic has never been the one to do anything correctly, so….. Literally every update is full of disappointment as they find some way to screw up everything.

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    • Neopiru Games

      agree… and every new “content release” in Pokemon GO feels like – “oh finally they added it to the game” but it’s not exiting anymore because it should be months ago already implemented … they are making all those pseudo “events” just to sell out as much items as possible using the current shop content which is useless anyway if you look at the whole “gameplay” and they should mostly concentrate on adding new mechanics, which they dont give a damn. I think we will have to slowly accept the fact that this mobile game will stay like that for a loooong time and the main target that will stay will be only kids lol

      • waraw1968

        I agree too.
        The comments a few days ago showed excitement about the Gen 3 release, although only ghost types were to be released. After a short time, everyone had the 5 Hoenn pokemons medal. So much for that excitement. Finding a shiny Sableye is the only thing left to do (for me). Or do I need to?
        Basically, the game need changes, many changes, as stated and commented by a lot of players here. Again and again.
        The game definately has become and is for kids (and of course XP-eaters (raiders)), which it has been for a long time – since Niantic changed the gym system etc.
        Repeating myself: Unbearable boring with all those spam pokemons in a non-competitive game. Time to listen, Niantic…

        • Nick Wilson

          Well make it competitive.. Join a
          Group of people that play we have over 100 people in ours from kids to 60 yr olds. We raid talk about everything and pogo. So it’s never stale for us.😀

          • waraw1968

            Good4u 😊
            I only have about 30 normal raids and less than 100 legendary raids. I don’t wanna go up in level too fast, so raiding is not very interesting…

      • Partysaurus Rex

        Kids… playing pokemon. The horror. I mean honestly do you even hear how ridiculous that sounds? The design of the game was to get you out of the house interacting with real people, MOVING, and getting you to see new/unique sights out in the real world. Oh and they do that by through incentives (new pokemon). People really seem to lose sight of the fact that is the game. Period. All in all, the game has been pretty successful in that regard. Could the game have MORE depth, yes. But everyone who whines here about having nothing to do… only wants a port of what is already available through Nintendo… on their phones. PoGo will never be that.

      • Nick Wilson

        I love the game we have a large group in our town which makes it fun . try that.

    • Edwin Fung

      The features/systems we actually want are new types of evolution and harder version of capturing Pokemon. If it is possible, I’d like to receive additional pokeballs from particular pokestops.

    • Tammy Matias

      I agree, I’m getting bored we need more to catch!

    • Partysaurus Rex

      I imagine there will be another thanksgiving event, as well as a Christmas event, not to mention that in November the Legendary Beasts shift again (or did you forget about that because you have all 3 already?). I’m also curious why you think there was a “massive decline in numbers” in December of 2016 but apparently there hasn’t been a change in numbers now for 10 months in 2017. In 10 months we’ve received gen II, gym rework, and raids. I fail to see why waiting a month (December) and not having anything new between now and Gen III, is going to kill the game. Or rather why the apparent lack of content hasn’t killed the game yet? Perhaps it just isn’t as close to death’s door as you would have us all believe. You don’t honestly believe that Niantic is simply delaying content for the sake of doing so, do you? Or perhaps you would like to see them implement a very broken and easily exploited PvP system on par with the original gym system. Cuz we all know how you benefited from that before. 🙂 No I’d much rather it implemented later when it is actually done, rather it being rushed and incomplete. Just so I can have it. Also there are quite a few people who have not completed their pokedex for all the pokemon available to them.

      • Partysaurus Rex

        I appreciate you taking such a keen interest in my posting habits. Nice to know I have fans! 🙂

        • Partysaurus Rex

          Ah so you choose some irrelevant post that no one will read to be petty, in the hopes that no one will read it and undermine your credibility?

          Side stepped that land mine didn’t we?

          • Partysaurus Rex

            Except that when you reply to a given post, as I did with yours. It doesn’t matter. The upvote really only applies and matters to the first post, or rather a general post to the thread/article.

            Perhaps I’m just really self absorbed and like to pat myself on the back for a job well done? Or maybe I have a personality disorder and I am agreeing with myself, or showing myself approval?

            In any case, its effect on you is pretty minimal. But thanks again for bringing it to my attention. As always I love hearing from my fans!

            I actually don’t really care whether or not it gets likes. I removed myself from the forum community here, because of the spam on the forums, which is all so self-serving. I really only post here in these comments to give those posters that leave the safe space of the forums, a little reality check. This is yours.

          • peponzio

            Never really liked the forums here either. And it’s ok you don’t have to check my reality, I visualized you with some kind of deal since your first response. If that is the case I hope life will be swift on you because it can turn really chaotic if we are unlucky. I mean you no harm or disrespect.

            When there are multiple responses to a comment, even nested responses, the one with the highest upvote ends up first. It is even more evident on nested responses for few actually care to read, upvote or comment on those. By upvoting yourself it seemed like you were trying to say your comment was more deserving than others, which is not the case evidently.

            True, the effect in me is pretty minimal, which is why I wanted to tell you that it could make you look bad. Being honest here I only wanted to say: it doesn’t make you look cool, regardless of your true motives.

            And I am not your fan. Say what you want, believe it if you so choose, that does not make it true. I don’t hate you either. I wouldn’t go to your concert but I’m not making a campaign against you either.

            We’re all just wanderers in the end.

          • Nick Wilson

            Evidently the guy person cares or he would have stopped replying. Lol

  • Neopiru Games

    I’m all good with gradually releases, it makes me more excited for every new pokemon BUT PLEASE NIANTIC add something different to the game play … throwing a ball all the time is sooooo boring… and I really don’t feel like playing in winter at all. Last year was a different story, but come on peaople are not zombies for gods sake !

    • Gio

      Agree,whats taking them so long to add new content..its been a year since they release the game..they should realize that the game is getting boring and needs more content because its so repitive now.

  • Takwing Y.

    We need Smeargle and Delibird…..

    • waraw1968

      We do? For what? They suck. Spam-pokemons. Ok, to fill up the Pokedex. Nothing else.
      Changed or new game mechanisms is what we need 🙂

  • Nguyen Ngoc Tu

    Gen III release in Dec, does it mean Gen III Bosses Raids will be available in Dec too ?

  • Chris Seals

    Niantic doesn’t learn from their mistakes.

  • Heydavid17

    Pretty much as I predicted in a previous post, when it comes to this ongoing event and the upcoming Gen 3.

    Seeing how much talks there was, and still is, about Gen 3, then it was a huge mistake from Niantics side only releasing these few Gen 3 pokemon.

    Sadly, over time, I feel the people who are most active out here pays most attention to the game content, which are the people who knows and thinks about the approach of the game, while people that appear here for a small period of time are clueless about the game, and what it actually needs.

    This event is already uninteresting, cause we’re just waiting for the rest of Gen 3, since we know it’s about to come. Personally, only thing that keeps me going with this event, is the search for a shiny Sableye. The amount of Sableye, Shuppet and Duskull we currently get, is just overkill.

  • Higher_Ground

    Yeah I may be alone or in the minority but I want them to drop as many pokemon as fast as possible into the game.

    I also want updated mechanics, more stuff to do, etc. Who wouldn’t?

    But I mainly play the game to catch pokemon. Having caught everything I can catch locally, I’m just grinding for stardust to power up pokemon (which in and of itself is not really an endgame).

    At least I know I’ll enjoy finding new pokemon. I may or may not enjoy a reworked gym mechanic.

    • peponzio

      We do, yes indeed. Update mechanics, add new content, shower us with new pokemon. Not everyone of course. Thing is pokemon has never had an endgame.

      Gotta catch em all, they’ve been adding pokemon every couple of years for decades. Become a pokemon master, there will always be someone that can beat you (by studying your team and strategies). Power up your favorites, they can only be so strong and favorites tend to have little strategic harmony.

      I want PvP. Oh and Ralts.

  • Nick Wilson

    Heck yes…. I excited Niantic. All these other peeps are just cry babies

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