Don’t get distracted by the newly-revealed Pokémon titles. Nintendo Switch owners will be able to play a Gen 8 core Pokémon RPG in 2019.
News comes by way of the official Pokémon Twitter account who is following up on the Japanese press conference. Along with both Pokémon Quest and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!, there will be a core RPG title (much like the handheld versions) coming out in the second half of 2019:
With #PokemonQuest and #PokemonLetsGo, there are so many new ways to explore the world of Pokémon! Trainers can look forward to even more with an all-new core series Pokémon RPG title in development for the second half of 2019! pic.twitter.com/d5uiIpenMI
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 30, 2018
This will come as an obvious joy to most of the dedicated Pokémon fanbase. There is no doubt that the two newly-revealed Nintendo Switch games are going to cater to a broad group of fans that like the spin-off titles. However, ever since Pokémon Red and Blue the bread and butter of the series has been the main-line, core RPG games.
One thing that is worth noting, the tweet doesn’t specifically say what console we can expect this core Pokémon RPG on. While the conventional thinking would assume that it is coming to the intensely popular Nintendo Switch (and they have said as much before), things shift in development. We may see this new core series being developed on the Nintendo 3DS family… or perhaps a sequel to that handheld console. And then, there is always the dark horse candidate that the game is coming out on a mobile platform. As much as most fans of the series would prefer to avoid that.
Either way, Pokémon has had a flurry of news today. If you can’t wait for Gen. 8, you can keep your eyes locked onto Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Eevee! coming November 16, 2018. Even better, the PokéBall Plus third-party accessory will also be available then, for those looking for ways to live out their addiction with the Kanto Region. You can pre-order the upcoming Nintendo Switch games via Amazon
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