By now a number of trainers have completed their journey through the Alola region of Pokémon Sun and Moon, completing both the main storyline and the post-game content that follows. Game Freak still is providing incentive for those people to keep playing, however, in the form of Global Missions that see players from around the world uniting to complete a certain goal. The first of these missions just wrapped up, but the results were probably not what the developer was expecting.
Global Mission #1 tasked players with catching 100 million Pokémon over the course of two weeks, and at the end of it last night, they hadn't come anywhere close. Only 16,423,231 creatures were captured in that time, and as such players will only receive 100 FC, or 200 FC if you've registered with the Global Link. They've left us to speculate on why we missed the mark so badly, though I'd wager the added steps of signing up for a Global Link account turned a number of players away from it; at least, that's the main reason I didn't bother with it myself.
Either way, The Pokémon Company will be altering the targets of upcoming missions to better match the player performance seen in this event, so hopefully next time the results will be a bit more positive. And speaking of the next event, that's already been revealed, though details remain a tad vague at the moment. What we know right now is that it will begin on December 27th and will involve using the Island Scan feature; the goal of this venture and any other specifics will likely be revealed as we draw closer to that date.
Were you a part of the effort to capture 100 million Pokémon? How many did you manage to contribute to the goal? Or did you completely ignore this event, and if so, why? What incentives would you need to participate in the future? Let us know your thoughts on all this in the comments!