Niantic Responds to Pokemon Go AI Art Controversy

Pokemon Go is still going strong, with the mobile augmented reality game enjoying continued popularity since its launch in 2016. Publisher Niantic regularly reveals new seasons of the game, new creatures to collect. But the latest is proving controversial for an unexpected reason.

The company has announced the twelfth season of the game Adventures Abound, which will run from now until December 1. This season the Scarlet and Violet game on Nintendo Switch features 20 new Pokémon from the Paladia region. And as some fans suspect, it contains some AI-generated artwork. (For more weird examples, check out some of the weirdest AI art we’ve seen.)

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Offensive artwork (Image credit: Niantic)

The lead image on the Pokémon Go website features a Vaporware-esque cityscape rendered in purple and pink. But with a strange lack of Pokemon-related detail and blurry, monotonous line art, plenty of fans are accusing Niantic of using AI to create the image.

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