The Pokémon Company have called time on Pixelmon, the Pokémon mod for Minecraft.
The mod’s been kicking around in beta form for quite some time, but since launching officially earlier this month, the Pokémon Company has “requested” the team cease development.
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"With much sadness, but keeping all our fond memories, we must announce that Pixelmon is ending its development,” the team writes in a forum post. “We have had a great time making this mod and creating such a wonderful community but after a request from The Pokemon Company we will be shutting our doors.
"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."
The mod brought 658 Pokémon to modded Minecraft games, as well as Pokémon trading, battling, and breeding, plus other iconic Poké stuff like Poké Balls.
Talking to Kotaku, Pixelmon admin Isi acknowledged they "always expected something [like this] to happen eventually," but said it was “a shame that it’s come to an end, especially with the amazing community of players, users running servers, Youtubers, streamers, and of course our own creation team.”
“All good things come to an end eventually and now is our time,” the statement concludes. “However there are always more things to do, to be a part of and to enjoy. Keep going out there to find fun projects to be a part of and other great things to invest your time and enthusiasm into."
Thanks, PC Gamer.