While many questions are surrounding the upcoming mainline Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, one of the major ones is if it will feature a new generation or act as a reboot. The Pokémon Company and Game Freak have been quiet on the topic, but Nintendo might have quietly let new details slip.
In a previous issue of Spain’s official Nintendo magazine, an article about the aforementioned Pokémon title was recently discovered to reference a successor to the seventh generation of Pokémon found in the Alola region. According to images of the magazine from Twitter user Ahnabella, which you can see below, the blurb reveals the mainline Pokémon game for Switch will feature the “eighth generation.”
Here is the Nintendo magazine talking about the upcoming Pokémom games pic.twitter.com/TnbJynvQDZ
— Ahnabella (@raqueruu) April 14, 2018
However, despite the wording coming directly from Nintendo, there’s still reason to believe it could be false. It’s unclear when the magazine was distributed, but it was definitely before the March 9th Nintendo Direct. As you can see on the same page with the Pokémon blurb, there’s a listing for Project Octopath Traveler, which was previously the working title of an upcoming Square Enix game. However, during the March 9th Direct, it was revealed the official name of the role-playing game is Octopath Traveler. In turn, with the amount of time that has passed since the magazine’s distribution, Game Freak and The Pokémon Company could have changed directions toward a reboot.
In Pokémon, the term “generation” doesn’t refer to a series of games, but rather to the set of creatures added to the national Pokédex. In turn, the article suggests the upcoming Switch game will feature a new collection of creatures and not be a reboot of a previous game. While a new generation has never been ruled out as a possibility, recent rumors have suggested Game Freak was planning to use the Switch entry as a soft reboot of the entire franchise. Players would revisit the first generation, the Kanto region, with all of the features that have been added to the franchise over the years, including mega evolutions, abilities, natures, Z-moves, and more.
Again, there are very few official details on the Pokémon Switch game, so fans should continue to wait for confirmation from the developers before believing any of the recent rumors. Even some of the most convincing leaks, such as the recent alleged generation eight starter mockups, have turned out to be fake. While it’s unclear if the highly-anticipated game will launch before the end of the year, recent job listings from The Pokémon Company have suggested progress is coming along nicely.