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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Reader Discussion: What Franchises Deserve A Doom-Style Entry?

Doom is a great modern shooter in the vein of classic shooters. What other games need a similar revival.

If you haven't started playing Doom yet, you should. It's been consuming my game time, even though I badly want to finish Uncharted 4. The game perfectly captures what made the original Doom games so memorable while revitalizing those concepts with modern day tech. Read our review for more on that.

The game has also got me thinking that the modern state of shooters wasn't a forgone conclusion – it's just one possible evolution of the shooter idea. The new Doom shows another way that shooters could have evolved. What other games – or game franchises – deserve a similar treatment? Personally, I'd love to see a revival of the original Resident Evil formula, but with modern technology. I think the recent rereleases of the Remake and 0 prove that the formula still works. Who knows, maybe that's what we'll be getting with the remake of 2. Also, I wouldn't mind seeing a modern day take on the Earthbound franchise.

What about you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Correction: The Next Fire Emblem Entry Is Not Confirmed

In our latest issue #277, we ran a Classic Game Informer article on Fire Emblem, detailing the series' evolution and legacy. Unfortunately, we had some incorrect information regarding the next entry being in development.

While another entry seems reasonable and likely, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems have not confirmed they are working on the next Fire Emblem iteration. We apologize for our error. 

This error has since been corrected in our digital edition of the magazine, but we were not able to fix it for our print subscribers. 

We appreciate Intelligent Systems and Nintendo for taking the time to chat with us, and hope you enjoy learning more about the series. 

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Valkyrie Profile Producer Has Already Written A Proposal For A Third Entry

It's been a decade since we last saw a new Valkyrie Profile game, but the series isn't forgotten. The franchise's two titles have a loyal following who haven't given up hope for a third entry.

Speaking on a Dengeki Online video, Star Ocean 5 and Valkyrie Profile producer Shuichi Kobayashi said he's still sitting on a proposal for the next game. However, he is blunt about the financial reality of the business. If games don't sell, sequels won't be made.

“Honestly speaking, I have written proposal plans for it on my computer," Kobayashi says. "Hurry and let me show it!”

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
In this day of revivals and reboots, nothing is impossible. Fans and communities have a great deal of power when they organize, so if this is something you want, you might want to consider how best to communicate that to Square Enix.

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The tale of developing top-5 Ludum Dare entry Mobsferatu

“We spent three days working a lot of extra hours on a side project and it was really worth it: not only because we loved what we had achieved, but also because we are the 5th game in the Overall category!” …


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Rumor: No Assassin’s Creed In 2016, Next Entry Set In Egypt

It’s been a number of years since Ubisoft has surprised fans with an Assassin’s Creed game announcement. No, we’re not talking about the game’s annual schedule. We’re referring to consistent leaks that pull the rug out from underneath the publisher.

Kotaku has a knack for uncovering details about upcoming titles in the series. Last year, the outlet revealed Assassin’s Creed syndicate with video to back up its claims, and that’s just the most recent instance.

A rumor suggests that the franchise is skipping this year. Those same rumblings indicate that a 2017 entry will be set in Egypt.

Kotaku reports that the information matches what it has heard about the franchise. The game is being developed under the codename “Empire,” according to the site. 

If a core Assassin’s Creed title does skip 2016, you won’t be wanting for the franchise. The two remaining entries of the 2D, sidescrolling Chronicles branch are slated for release early this year. Ubisoft reported on its last earnings call that early sales of Syndicate were down, likely because of consumer reaction to Unity's problematic release.

Additionally, the long-awaited Assassin’s Creed film starring Michael Fassbender is planned for release in theaters on December 21. We contacted Ubisoft for comment, which provided this statement in response. “We can’t comment on rumor or speculation," the publisher says. "We’re always happy when players are excited about our games, past, present and future. In the meantime, we hope that the latest images from the Assassin’s Creed movie set will keep fans of the franchise happy and eager to find out more!”

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
As with any rumor, we urge that you keep things in perspective. However, Kotaku’s track record with regard to Assassin’s Creed suggests that there might be something to this.

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Blog: Rapid jamming with Ludum Dare entry Escape Squad

“I had a ton of fun making this game, and learned a lot about rapid development. I’ll keep this one in the back of my mind for a future RPG, but for now it will rest for a while.” …


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Valkyria Chronicles Lives On With New Entry And Remaster

When 2008’s Valkyria Chronicles arrived on Steam last year, fans of the strategy series found new hope that it would live on. After making a splash on PlayStation 3 with the initial outing, the franchise moved to PSP for its second and third entries. The most recent didn’t even make it to Western audiences.

Hope has again been rekindled, as Famitsu shares that a fourth entry and a remaster of the original will be coming to PlayStation 4. These are only confirmed for Japan at this point.

If publisher Sega decides to bring these to a global audience though, there is a chance that it may finally localize Valkyria Chronicles III. Kotaku has translated information that points to the new entry being a direct continuation of the story from the last entry.

The issue of Famitsu containing full details will be released on Thursday, November 19. We’ll update as we learn more.

[Source: Famitsu via Kotaku, pictured: Valkyria Chronicles III]

 

Our Take
Valkyria Chronicles has a faithful audience in the West that continues to lament the decisions that moved the series off a home console. Despite the almost five years since the third entry’s release on PSP, I have no doubt that were it localized for Vita, PS4, or PC, it would find a willing and grateful audience.

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Fireproof Games Releases Third Entry In Excellent The Room Series

Fireproof Games has announced the release of its third entry in the critically acclaimed The Room series. It’s available now for iOS devices.

The Room features atmospheric puzzles with a sinister, mystical twist. Players manipulate puzzle boxes to delve deeper into the mysteries held within.

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The result is an experience that harks back to the days of Myst and others like it that told their stories through environment and experience rather than relying as heavily on text. They remind a bit of Zork Nemesis, with haunting music, eerie implications, and clever puzzles. 

The first two games are available on iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire. The original is also available for PC.

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