Niantic has removed any appearances of the legendary birds in player’s games, most notably the Articuno in Ohio.
In a statement provided to IGN, Niantic said:
“We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokemon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have, To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokemon from the Trainers’ accounts.”
This comes as Niantic has been updating the app, removing multiple features that many players loved. Many players are getting upset over the fact that their Vaporeons are less powerful, and over the loss of the tracking system.
I must question Niantic, however, when they say, “…and as a measure of fairness.” I was not one of the lucky ones who had one of these legendary birds, but if I was, I would be furious that they took it away. How is it in any way fair of them to make a mistake that has given me something, and then to take it away? Yes, it isn’t fair that other players can’t also get theses specific pocket monsters, but is it my fault that I did get one? No! So why am I being punished for Niantic’s mistake?
Niantic is certainly walking on thin ice at the moment. I wrote a piece a while back on how Pokémon GO was so important, but it feels like Niantic is in the process of killing that. It certainly will be interesting to see how things progress from this point.