Niantic has announced that it has postponed March’s Community Day to all players around the world.
For those who don’t play the game, Community Day is an event that takes place every month for the year in Pokémon GO which started in January 2018. On these selected dates, a single Pokémon is chosen and has boosted spawn rates for three hours.
Sometimes, the selected Pokémon is one that rarely spawns for most players, while another draw is the release of the selected Pokémons’ rare ‘shiny’ variant, which is basically a recolor of its original model.
Players are also are awarded bonuses during the three-hour window. These include either more experience points, stardust gain (used to power up their Pokémon), or less walking distance for hatching eggs.
The event Pokémon will also be able to learn an exclusive move. Players can obtain it by evolving the selected Pokémon either during the event’s duration or up to two hours after it’s done.
This month’s Community Day was supposed to be Abra, a Psychic Pokémon introduced in the first generation of Pokémon, and was to take place on Sunday, 15 March 2020 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time.
Niantic would have announced what Abra’s exclusive move would be by this week but issued a statement regarding the event’s postponement instead.
Niantic has shared their reasons and unsurprisingly, it’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
The safety of our global player community is our top priority. COVID-19 is challenging us and the world to adjust. We’re putting our focus on expanding features and experiences in our games that can be enjoyed in an individual setting and that also encourage exploration!
— Niantic, Inc. (@NianticLabs) March 13, 2020
To make up for the postponement, they have offered some bonuses to all players that are effective starting now until further notice. These include a one-time purchase of 30 Incense (used to attract more Pokémon) for 1 PokéCoin, half walking distance required to all eggs, more Gift drops from PokéStops or Gyms, and an increase in Pokémon spawn in the wild.
The bonuses provided by Niantic seeks to discourage players from going outdoors to play the game and make remote play more rewarding.
It’s unknown when the Abra Community Day is postponed to, or if it’ll ever take place. This might not the last we hear of a month without Pokémon GO’s Community Day, but well, health should be our utmost priority anyway instead of a mobile game.