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Pokemon’s upcoming debut on the Nintendo Switch is a constantly evolving story, but another missing piece fell into place today, and it’s looking more and more likely that a “main series” game will be released for the console.
Back in September, The Pokemon Company confirmed that a new game in the franchise was in development for the Switch. However, there was no indication of who was making it, and all signs pointed to yet another spinoff. However, late in the year, a rumor cropped up that said Game Freak was developing an enhanced remake of Pokemon Sun and Moon for the Switch. This game was believed to be in development under the working title of “Pokemon Stars.”
Fast forward to today, and the news that Game Freak is currently hiring at least one developer to work on a console-bound entry in a “long-running” and “globally popular RPG series” starring “people and monsters.”
We could pretend to treat this as another rumor, but where’s the fun in that? Game Freak is clearly hiring developers to work on a new Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. The only questions left are… Is it Pokemon Stars? Or is it a brand new game in the franchise (that could still turn out to be a spinoff)?
The 2017 E3 Expo is just a few months away, so we’ll probably learn more about Game Freak’s next Pokemon game sooner rather than later.
Back when it was officially known as the NX, Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed that at least one Pokemon game was in the works for Nintendo’s next console. A few weeks later, Nintendo pulled the curtain back on the Switch, a console/handheld hybrid that seems like the perfect device to deliver the on-the-go trading and battling the Pokemon franchise is known for.
Hold that thought, as a new rumor report on Eurogamer might possibly be pointing to a re-release of Pokemon Sun and Moon on the Switch.
The Pokemon Company routinely creates a third companion game to go with each pair of Pokemon games in the main series. Red and Blue lead to Yellow, Gold and Silver were joined by Crystal, Diamond and Pearl were enhanced with Platinum… you get the idea. But none of those games managed to jump platforms. If Eurogamer’s sources are correct, fans will be able to explore an enhanced version of Pokemon Sun and Moon, currently codenamed Pokemon Stars, on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2017.
Said to be in development at Game Freak, Pokemon Stars will include a redone visual presentation and so much more:
Pokemon Stars’ development shouldn’t be seen as taking anything away from Sun and Moon’s launch – this is how all third entries in the Pokemon franchise are developed.
And there will be reason to play both: Pokemon will be tradable between Sun/Moon and Stars via the Pokemon Bank app. We’ve also heard suggestion there will be more creatures to collect in the Switch version, although not all of our sources could confirm this.
Expect the Switch version of Sun and Moon to feature the same map – the same routes and cities – and the same art style, although be built using separate, higher-resolution assets.
Nintendo will let us in on all their Switch secrets on January 12 during a special “Nintendo Switch Presentation 2017” livestream. If Pokemon Stars is in the works, and it is on track for a 2017 release, we’ll probably learn more about it then.
In the meantime, Pokemon Sun and Moon can be found on store shelves for the 3DS as of today.
A Pokemon game is officially coming to the Nintendo NX.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Tsunekazu Ishihara, the CEO of The Pokemon Company, confirmed that the developer is hard at work on a game for Nintendo’s next console. “We will make games for the NX,” he said.
Ishihara’s announcement comes on the heels of a rumor published by MCV in August that said Nintendo and Game Freak plan to launch a Pokemon game for the NX in 2017. The executive didn’t discuss release timing for the first Pokemon game on the NX, but it’s reasonable to assume that Nintendo wants it to be available as close to the console’s launch as possible.
However, the executive dropped a second bombshell by also lending further credence to the persistent rumor that the NX is a console/handheld hybrid, telling the newspaper: “The NX is trying to change the concept of what it means to be a home console device or a handheld device.”
With the NX scheduled to launch in March 2017, Nintendo is widely expected to announce more details about the console sometime soon. But the exact “when” of that announcement will probably remain a mystery for a bit longer.
It’s time for another round of rumors related to Nintendo’s NX console, and this time they come from the business-minded Brits who run MCV. According to the report, which cites “sources close to Nintendo,” the consolemaker plans to release new entries in some of their biggest franchises during the NX’s launch window, including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a new Pokemon game from Game Freak, and the next Super Mario game:
Developer Game Freak will bring Pokémon to the platform, while Nintendo’s first party titles include the previously announced Zelda game – Breath of the Wild – and a new Mario game. All three products are scheduled to appear within the first six months of the machine’s life.
It’s interesting to note that Game Freak has never produced a Pokemon game for one of Nintendo’s home consoles, which means there’s a real possibility this rumored new entry in the series is a full-fledged Pokemon RPG, and not a spinoff. As for Mario’s next adventure, Producer Takashi Tezuka began brainstorming ideas for a new Mario game back in late 2015, so a 2017 release date seems reasonable.
MCV sources would go on to say that Nintendo is recruiting a large number of third-party publishers to produce games for the NX including Sega, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Activision, and Warner Bros. Both Sega (Project Sonic) and Ubisoft (Just Dance 2017) have previously announced they’ve got NX projects in the works, so it seems likely this list is accurate.
And speaking of accuracy, MCV’s sources also stated that the rumored console/handheld hybrid design of the NX is “100% accurate.”
Nintendo is expected to fully reveal the NX in September and will release the console in March 2017, so we won’t have to wait very long to find out exactly what shape it’ll take.