Dev Compares Pokemon Go With World Of Warcraft, Says The Launch Was Quite Painful

By   /   Nov 11, 2016
Pokemon Go legal trouble

Pokemon Go has been a hugely successful game. However, the success did not came without any road bumps along the way, such as the devs underestimated the amount of traffic at launch. But, Niantic pulled itself together, and while many have stopped playing the game, still it is one of the highest grossing games of the year.

Also See: Pokemon Sun and Moon Party Planner Lets You Pick Your Team

Speaking with Eurogamer, Niantic Lab’s chief marketing officer Mike Quigley described the summer as quite painful, and revealed that they seriously underestimated some aspects of the game.

We were overwhelmed by how [Pokémon Go] took off. The success of the product caught us out of position in a couple of areas. The summer was quite painful–no one slept much.

Niantic Labs was heavily criticized for banning third-party apps on Pokemon Go, but Quigley defended the company’s decision by saying that they were forced to cut content just to keep the game running. “[The apps] were just crushing us on the server side. You’ve got to keep fans happy but you also have to keep the core product accessible”.

He further added that it was very important to take these difficult decisions, as the studio was worried that it would effect Nintendo and The Pokemon Company.

It’s not a good signal for their brand. That’s why we had to make some of those hard decisions like blocking third-party sites. It’s difficult but ultimately it’s the right thing to do for the life of the product.

He compared the success of Pokemon Go with World Of Warcraft, saying that the game’s lifespan will not be like other free-to-play mobile titles.

I think our lifespan and curve may be quite different from a free-to-play mobile game–it may be more in a Warcraft vein. We are more an MMO than anything else. Every two weeks there’s new content or bug fixes going in the game. There’re key content releases we’re planning.

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic Lab for iOS and Android.

Featured Videos

Hot Right Now

Video Game Remasters

Untold Stories of Video Game Remasters – the Good, Bad, and Ugly

In today’s video, we discuss something subjective – are video game remasters good or bad? And...

by   /   Sep 9, 2016
Video Game Villains

Top 10 Invincible Video Game Villains Who Just Won’t Die, No Matter What

We all are accustomed with video game villains and the story usually concludes with the fall of...

by   /   Aug 18, 2016
Panasonic 3DO

Top-10 Retro Consoles You Never Knew Existed

Video gaming has come a long way! While we are well-acquainted with the likes of Xbox Scorpio and...

by   /   Aug 17, 2016
Insanely Priced Retro-Games

Top-10 Insanely Priced Retro Games

It goes without saying that video gaming is a luxury and an expensive hobby. While most of the...

by   /   Aug 17, 2016
Video Games Past

Why Some Video Games Should Let Go of Their Past

We all have favorite video games franchises that we so dearly love the way they are and yet we also...

by   /   Aug 8, 2016
Load More