Stay on target
Let’s not beat around the tall grass. The next proper Pokemon game is almost assuredly coming to the Nintendo Switch. The mainline Pokemon RPGs always release on Nintendo handhelds, and the Switch is both a console and handheld in one.
Employees at Game Freak, the creators of Pokemon, have alluded to major changes coming to the series. Nintendo already promised Pokemon for NX (Switch’s codename). GameStop accidentally mentioned a Pokemon game around the Switch unveiling in January. And before then a rumor from the folks who leaked the Switch in the first place stated that an enhanced port of the acclaimed 3DS games Pokemon Sun & Moon would arrive on Switch as Pokemon Stars.
Need even more convincing? Game Freak is now hiring for position that might as well say, “Hey! Come work on Pokemon Switch!”
Game Freak recently posted several job listings. These positions require workers to collaborate with programmers and make 3D models for “cartoon-like super deformed characters, monsters, and item models” for “a globally popular RPG.” Unless Game Freak is working on a secret Tembo the Badass Elephant RPG spin-off, this could only be talking about Pokemon. And since the listing specifies Wii U or PlayStation Vita-level graphical quality, it is very likely this game is for the Switch and not the technically weaker Nintendo 3DS.
Rumors said a hypothetical Pokemon Stars could hit later this year, long enough to give Sun & Moon time to breathe while still raking in lucrative holiday sales. A new Pokemon game could certainly motivate Nintendo to double its Switch production. These new positions would only last until May 2018 at the latest, so maybe the game could still come out this holiday? Maybe Game Freak just needs some extra help turning the 800+ current Pokemon into high-definition 3D models? That’s just speculation. I’m no game developer.
Imagine this, but in HD.
However, as a game fan, the idea of the first true Pokemon game powered by a modern home console is incredibly exciting. If it’s based on Pokemon Sun & Moon, a generation people seemed to dig but I skipped in favor of waiting for a game like Pokemon Stars, even better. If Game Freak really is making Pokemon Switch, hopefully we’ll find out soon. When’s E3?
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