Update: Niantic’s CEO, John Hanke, has since given a statement regarding the cancellation. According to Game Informer:
We have decided to forego our GDC talk on Pokémon GO in order to focus on getting the product ready for beta test and launch…. As much as we hate to disappoint those in the industry attending GDC, we feel our time and energy right now are best spent on making sure every aspect of the product is where we want it to be.
Original story below…
Looks like hands-on previews of Niantic’s Pokemon GO are going to have to wait. According to the GDC Session Schedule, Niantic’s presentation — titled “Catch ‘Em All: ‘Pokemon GO’ and Real World Gaming” — has been cancelled.
According to the description of the event, attendees were going to begien a first-hand, in-depth look at Pokemon GO and how players were going to interact with the world. Importantly, this would be the first view of the game since its announcement six months ago in September 2015.
Niantic has not clarified one way or the other why the panel has been delayed, however it will be interesting to see where and when further details will be announced, given the game is set to launch on iOS and Android in 2016.