Pixelmon, the incredibly popular Pokemon Minecraft mod, officially shut down last night. The creator of the mod states that the cease and desist came straight from the The Pokemon Company itself.
“With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development,” MrMasochism, the creator, said.
“I’m sorry for the disappointment this will cause but let’s remember all the great times we had playing Pixelmon, discussing Pokémon, making awesome things inside this mod and everything else that we’ve done.”
Pixelmon allowed players to live the life as a pixelated Pokemon trainer. The gameplay ranged from Pokemon battles, crafting Poke-balls and, of course, catching them all.
The Pokemon mod has been the height of popularity all over YouTube and therefore built a huge following. It has scored anywhere from 50-450 thousand downloads upon release of a new version.
Pixelmon had just launched out of beta early July with detailed versions of generation four Pokemon. It was horrible timing for Pixelmon devs, but for Nintendo, the timing couldn’t be more perfect.
Ultra Sun and Moon launches November 17 and a new Pokemon game for the Switch arrives sometime next year. It’s clear that Nintendo needs their fans’ attention solely on them.
If you didn’t get a chance to be apart of Pixelmon, fear not, the community claims that there is still hope. It’s likely the download will continue circling the internet and it’s doubtful Nintendo will be able to stop all sources.
Fans will never get to see another update again, but this is better than having it wiped out completely. For more info on the creator’s farewell, check out his ‘It’s Been A Great Ride’ thread.