A new job posting from one of the creators of the Pokémon games may hint at an interesting direction for the series.
Creatures Inc. is one of the co-owners of the Pokémon franchise, and though it’s a game developer, it doesn’t directly make the main series of Pokémon games. Rather, Creatures, Inc. is responsible for creating the in-game models for all 802 Pokémon in the main games, and also contributes towards spin-offs like Great Detective Pikachu. Now, the company is hiring, and a picture accompanying the listing hints that we may be seeing some Pokémon models with an insane jump in quality.
The picture on the job listing shows a high-quality model of Pikachu that seems to be made using the Unreal Engine software, a high quality engine that is a big step above what today’s Pokémon games use. The screenshot also shows several different lighting techniques being used on the Pikachu model.
Before fans get their hopes up too far, the presence of this Pikachu model doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll such a major graphical update applied to the future Pokémon Switch game or any other main games in the series. It’s possible that the model could be used for a different Pokémon spinoff, project, or even something not directly related to the game like a commercial. However, the Unreal Engine has provided lots of support for the Nintendo Switch, and many games ported to the console use it. Chances that the next main Pokémon game will use Unreal Engine are slim, but it’s not entirely out of the question.
At the moment, we don’t know much about the next Pokémon game. However, it’s definitely in the works, and it’s headed to the Nintendo Switch.
Source: Creatures, Inc.