The Pokémon GO hype has been quite something to behold, though it's calming down a little despite the app's continuing success. As we heard earlier in the week, the Plus accessory - which allows you to receive updates and play aspects of the game with the press of a button - was pushed back to September, having originally been planned for a July release.
The Nintendo UK store had started the delay process by initially pushing back pre-order expectations into August, though the formal announcement this past week confirmed the extended delay for all regions. It seems a pity, as the accessory's release in late July would have timed nicely with the current excitement around the app, itself only released 2-3 weeks ago depending on region.
Nintendo has now clarified the reasoning for the delay. It's not down to issues manufacturing the units, but is due to the time required to finalise and prepare an app update to support the peripheral. Polygon shared a statement from the company:
The delay is due to the preparations for the Pokémon Go application update in order to optimize Pokémon Go Plus. In order for us to offer new experiences to play Pokémon Go with Pokémon Go Plus with a quality level high enough to satisfy as many people as possible, we decided that it is necessary to take enough time for the completion. We ask for your understanding.
The delay certainly gives plenty of time for the relevant update to be fully tested and prepared, and it'll be interesting to see how much buzz the accessory can generate when it eventually arrives.
With thanks to Benson for the heads up.