After a request from The Pokémon Company, Pixelmon’s development has come to an end.
Pixelmon is one of the most popular mods for Minecraft. But now the Pokéon Company has ordered to shut down the project.
The news were broken by a member of the Pixelmon team last week. As he explains, they had to close their doors after a request from the Pokemon Company came in.
“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 team wrote.
“All good things come to an end eventually and now is our time. 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.”
Pixelmon launched in 2012 and allowed players to basically play a blocky version of Pokémon in Minecraft. It included features like training, evolving, batteling vs other trainers and even breeding and voice acting.
Speaking to Kotaku, a Pixelmon administrator admitted that the team “always expected something to happen eventually.” Especially now, as there is a Pokémon game for the Switch in the works.
The Pokémon Company and Nintendo are well known for shutting down fan projects using their IPs. During last year’s September, Nintendo issued a mass takedown notice, leading to the removal of a number of fan-made Pokémon games from GameJolt. The fan-made Pokémon Uranium, which was in the works for several years, was also shut down after a short time.