While Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! might not be the core role-playing entries hardcore fans of the series were hoping for, it appears next year’s game could be closer to what they wanted.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, Tsunekazu Ishihara, CEO of The Pokémon Company, revealed a few new details about the next mainline Pokémon game. As seen in the tweet below, which translated a portion of the interview, Ishihara confirmed the game will launch in the second half of 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and include lots of new Pokémon.
-The late 2019 Pokemon game will be different from Let’s Go; not entry-level but aimed for experienced fans
-Same hands-on feel as before, better visual quality
-We want to provide brand-new game where you meet lots of new Pokemonhttps://t.co/PYY25IWXEH pic.twitter.com/LhlUpDsUd9
— 黒凧 BlackKite (@bk2128) June 6, 2018
Unlike the upcoming Let’s Go entries, it seems next year’s Pokémon game will be aimed at players familiar with the core series, which likely means it will offer the traditional goals of getting past the main story to breed a competitive Pokémon team with adequate IVs and EVs. In addition, Ishihara teased that the game will have the same hands-on feel as previous entries, but with the power of the Switch, there will be visual improvements.
While there are still many questions left to be answered, like which previous mechanics from the series the 2019 entry will use or improve upon, it’s comforting to see The Pokémon Company is still interested in catering to the experienced and dedicated Pokémon players.
Until then, the Let’s Go games will be available for Switch on November 16th. Both versions will feature the original 151 Pokémon from the Kanto region, as well as the Alolan variants introduced in Generation VII’s Pokémon Sun and Moon. Niantic’s mobile spin-off title Pokémon Go will also play a significant role in Let’s Go, as trainers will be able to trade Pokémon caught in Go to the Switch games and use a peripheral Poké Ball Plus device to catch them.