At September’s Apple Keynote event, it was announced Pokémon Go would be coming to the Apple Watch. With this version of the app, users would be able to see how their eggs are doing, which Pokémon are nearby, and when a Pokémon enters catching range, all from their watch. It would offer more functionality than the Pokémon Go Plus, which retails for $35 (if you can find one).
Since then, we haven’t heard much about the app, which was slated to release by the end of the year. Recently, rumors the app had ceased development emerged, stating that the version of the app shown at the event was an “unfinished port.” This would be an unfortunate turn for anyone who used the app’s eventual release as even a partial motivator to buy an Apple Watch, especially after the appearance of new Pokémon and Holiday-themed Pikachus prompted lapsed fans to return to the game.
However, Niantic aims to cut those rumors off by assuring fans on Twitter that the app is still coming ‘soon’.
Pokémon Go for Apple Watch is coming soon. Stay tuned.
— Pokémon GO (@PokemonGoApp) December 17, 2016
This tweet does not clarify, however, if this means the app is still scheduled to release by the end of the year or not. We’ve reached out to Niantic for more details and will update this post should they reply.
[Source: Pokémon Go on Twitter]
If Niantic still plans to release the app by the end of the year, they’ve got about two weeks to do it. Considering we didn’t hear anything about it until the rumors started showing up, color me skeptical. “Soon!”