Despite the recent exciting reveal of the first Pokémon games for the Nintendo Switch, many fans are wondering if the traditional role-playing format of the core series’ entries might be over. Thankfully, there’s no need to worry, as the next mainline game will be arriving in 2019.
According to Junichi Masuda, managing director of the mainline Pokémon series, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are not the eighth generation titles that were teased during last year’s E3 press conference. During The Pokémon Company’s recent press conference, Masuda said the next mainline entry is “another game we’re pouring all of our creativity into” and will “follow in the tradition of Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Sun and Moon.”
To further clear up any worry, the official Pokémon Twitter account also shared a message with fans confirming “an all-new core series Pokémon RPG title” is currently in development. As you can see in the tweet below, the announcement also lists the projected 2019 release window.
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
While both Let’s Go games will have similar elements from the core series, they seem to be spin-offs catered to players new to the series or those that have only experienced it through Niantic’s mobile game, Pokémon Go. In Let’s Go, instead of the traditional wild Pokémon battles, players will have the ability to connect to a Pokémon Go account to trade Pokémon and even use a Joy-Con or the new Poké Ball Plus device for motion control catching mechanics.
Interestingly, many of the features of the Let’s Go games were previously leaked, including the names of both games, which caused a majority of the community to worry that the series would be heading away from its roots for a more watered down and inclusive experience. While having to wait an extra year for the eighth generation might be a hard pill to swallow, it’s comforting to know those leaked features were for the new spin-offs, meaning the next core entry could be the game seasoned trainers have been wanting.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! will launch for the Nintendo Switch on November 16th.