‘Pokemon GO’ Air Adventures event is pushed back at a later date

Pokemon GO Air Adventures promotional image

An upcoming Pokemon GO event is announced for delay to a later date.

Anyone planning to visit Okinawa, Japan on July 22nd for the Pokemon GO Air Adventures event should reconsider their itinerary. This notion comes following an official announcement suggesting that said event will not roll out on expected date.

As per tweet, Pokémon GO highlights how the Air Adventures event is meant to kickstart on “Thursday, July 22, 2021”. However, “due to recent developments” has to be put on a hiatus.

What’s Air Adventures?

Anybody who had their plans set for Okinawa have all the reasons for dismay. Not only will the postponement suggest major re-arrangements, it could also mean missing out on the event entirely. But more than just failing to meet an exclusive occasion, it also infers losing the chance of getting some unique contents.

To those not in the know, the Air Adventures event is meant to incentivize travel to Okinawa for its in-game perks. One especially is the ability to catch a special variant of Pikachu—Okinawan Kariyushi shirt Pikachu. As its name implies, this is a version of Pikachu that wears the said iconic Okinawa costume.

In addition, there is also the chance of players coming across and catching a shiny Corsola. Which, for true-to-life Pokemon trainers, should be seemingly more than a good reason to book a flight to Japan.

Likely Cause

Niantic has been very vague with its announcement via social media. However, finding the reason for the delay is not that too difficult among fans in light of the current situation. As it appears, it boils down to the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases within the region itself.

Logically, any idea of a campaign promoting the travel to such a place is bound to meet some complications. The worst of which being the chance to add to the numbers, considering the link between travel and the rate of infection. Niantic would surely not want to put itself in a disposition where it can be taken for as a culprit.

Expected Reaction

Pokemon GO’s response to the situation, therefore, comes with some anticipation. That is, for the purpose of offsetting any probable repercussion that comes with promoting an excursion to an affected zone.

With that as proclamation, many will not be missing out on something for a while. But as to when will the occasion finally implement for traveling fans remains a subject of future disclosure. Niantic is therefore asking the fans to stay tuned.

Image used courtesy of Pokemon GO

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