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Pokemon GO Dev Finally Responds To Legendary Pokemon Claims

by : Ewan Moore on : 04 Aug 2016 10:58
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Earlier in the week, one Pokemon GO player came forward to claim that developer Niantic had gifted her a rare legendary Pokemon (Articuno). 

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This caused an uproar in the Pokemon GO community, as fans around the world insisted this woman was full of crap – Niantic would never just give someone an Articuno, right?

Nevertheless, Kait Covey of Ohio seemed pretty adamant that her story and her Pokemon were both legit, and even posted a video with her friend to show the ‘mon off.

Whether it was legit or not is now a moot point, as Niantic has now confirmed that some legendary Pokemon did accidentally find their way into the game – the developer then proceeded to take these Pokemon away from their owners.

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Niantic said:

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.

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Okay, fair enough if you want to keep the game balanced for everyone, but can you imagine how salty you’d be if you got a legendary Pokemon and then had it snatched away from you?

This is just another example in a long line of dick moves from Niantic recently.

I can’t imagine they’re doing it on purpose, I just don’t think they were ready to handle a franchise as massive as Pokemon. 

Then again, maybe the moral of the story is that if you get a legendary Pokemon you know you shouldn’t have, maybe don’t brag about it on the internet?

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn't gotten out of his mid 00's emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.

Topics: Gaming

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