Nintendo’s latest earnings release provided a few updates to the release schedule for its upcoming Switch and 3DS titles, including the next core Pokémon title. It now appears players won’t see the RPG until the tail end of next year.
The last time The Pokémon Company and Game Freak updated fans on the release window for the eighth generation Pokémon game, they said it would arrive in the “second half of 2019.” While many fans hoped that meant a summer release, the updated “late 2019” launch listed in the earnings release means players won’t see the game until the fall.
If it follows suit with the upcoming releases of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, then the new mainline entry might arrive in November 2019. Not much is known about the mysterious continuation of the series, such as where it will take place or what kinds of new Pokémon players will encounter. However, series managing director Junichi Masuda previously revealed it will be a more traditional Pokémon title, similar to Pokémon Sun and Moon.
This year, both Let’s Go games will launch for Nintendo Switch, but they won’t follow the core mechanics of the series. The games will be a soft remake of Pokémon Yellow and ditch a few features from the series. For example, taking inspiration from Niantic’s Pokémon Go, players will not battle wild Pokémon or encounter them randomly in tall grass. Instead, wild creatures will be visible on the overworld map and will be fed berries to weaken them for capture.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are set to launch for Nintendo Switch on November 16th. The next core Pokémon RPG will arrive on Nintendo Switch in late 2019.