Earlier today, the official Pokémon Global Link website announced that the Pokémon Global Link system will be shutting down later this fall in preparation for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This shutdown will effect all Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire, and Omega Ruby players alike with the service shutting down permanently for the sixth generation of games, but the Pokémon Company has already began to compensate all players through major discounts on items purchased with Poké Miles.
Players will lose many features during the shutdown, including Game Sync, Ranked Battles, and even updated activity logs. While the shutdown may cut access to some features, others will still remain in the game, including, but not limited to, the Global Trade System and Wonder Trade.
As for the compensation players will receive, The Pokémon Company will be discounting several items by up to 50% along with all Attractions being discounted by half beginning July 26th. That means players can pickup a Heart Scale for 50 Poké Miles, a Rare Candy for 125 Poké Miles, a PP Up for 250 Poké Miles, and even an Ability Capsule for 5000 Poké Miles.
The reasoning behind the shutdown of the Pokémon Global Link system is for it to be outfitted for Pokémon Sun and Moon. With the re-opening comes new features, such as the introduction of Friendly Competitions, allowing players to become competition hosts and host their own original competitions where they can set the regulations. The news of the shutdown may not be a shock to many after the Pokémon Global Link system was discontinued in 2013 for generation five games.
Pokémon Sun and Moon is set to release on November 18th later this year, along with the Pokémon Global Link system also set to re-open on the same day. Be sure to checkout the announcement here!
Are you sad to see support for the sixth generation of games being discontinued? Will you be happy to see what the updated Pokémon Global Link system will be providing? Let us know in the comments below!