By Andrew Dodson on August 15, 2016 at 5:28am
"Pokemon Uranium" was a fan-made Pokemon game that took 9 years to make, provided more than 30 hours of gameplay, introduced the Tandor region and brought 192 new Pokemon into the mix...and after being live for only a couple of days (it was officially released on August 6th), direct download links on the main website have been removed. The developers' statement is here:
After receiving more than 1,500,000 downloads of our game, we have been notified of multiple takedown notices from lawyers representing Nintendo of America.
While we have not personally been contacted, it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply.
Therefore, we will no longer provide official download links for the game through our website.
We have no connection to fans who reupload the game files to their own hosts, and we cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.
We are blown away by the response this game has received, and we thank you all so much for your outstanding support. We will continue to provide Pokémon Uranium-related news and updates through our official channels.
You are welcome to continue discussing and sharing content related to the game on our forums and Discord, where there is a very active community.
Thank you for reading, and let’s share the love of Pokémon!
One and a half million downloads isn't too shabby for a fan-created game, especially with it being active for such a short window. Still, despite its popularity, the take-down requests were something of an inevitability - Nintendo can't be letting people use one of their most popular IPs without at least one lawyer getting involved. Still, you have to applaud the team behind the creation of "Pokemon Uranium" as they created a game that looks and feels like real Pokemon game. Check out the trailer below:
So, while it looks like the developers will continue pushing updates for their now-renegade game, they can no longer provide direct links to the actual program. Though, with 1.5 million downloads more than a few fans of "Uranium" have created download mirrors for anyone inclined to look for them.
Pokemon Uranium Main Site