Not too long ago, The Pokémon Company teased us with a “shocking” announcement of a new Pokémon game coming sometime in the near future. The tease of a shocking reveal was perhaps more shocking than any reveal could have been, considering Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are due next in the lineage of pocket monster games, which means a giant new entry would not be unleashed so close to one of Game Freak’s traditional cash cow remakes.
Earlier this morning, The Pokémon Company — the franchise’s marketing sector – made its “shocking” announcement, and it actually is surprising: an arcade Pokémon fighting game.
The game, dubbed Pokkén Tournament, will be made in collaboration with Namco Bandai — or, more importantly, the company responsible for Tekken and SoulCalibur. Pokkén doesn’t appear to be a mash-up, but instead a fighting game solely using pocket monsters as the fighters.
Pokkén Tournament and Pokkén Fighters have been known about for a while now, as the trademarks were discovered last year, filed at the same time. The game was also teased in 2013 at the Pokémon Game Show with a screenshot.
You can check out grainy screenshots of game from the announcement livestream in the gallery above.
Currently, there isn’t much news on this new title aside from a handful of low quality screenshots, the developers involved, and that it will release in arcades (this is probably the shocking part) sometime in 2015. As of right now, there is no word on a console release. Expect more Pokkén news to appear over time, reminding you that a Pokémon MMO will probably never happen during your lifetime and the franchise will keep branching out into other genres instead.