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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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Pokémon Creative Design Director Passes Away In Freak Accident

Eric Medalle, creative design director of Pokémon Company International, tragically passed away this past Sunday, March 13, during a windstorm in Seattle.

Medalle, 42, leaves behind his two young daughters, Isa (aged 6) and Nico (nearly 2). During the storm, a massive evergreen tree snapped and fell onto his BMW while he was in the driver's seat, according to The Seattle Times. A passerby was able to help a toddler girl out of the crushed vehicle. She escaped with minor injuries.

Medalle has worked at Pokémon since 2003, and his work has encompassed an assortment of the franchise's titles, including Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Black, and Pokémon White, among others.

A YouCaring page has since been created by family and friends, to raise money for a college fund for his two children. All of us here at Game Informer extend our condolences to Medelle's family, friends, and co-workers.

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Nintendo Direct details new Professor Layton, Game Freak titles

Comparing the current release schedule for the Nintendo 3DS with how it looked a year ago is quite the contrast. As part of its Nintendo Direct series of webcasts today, the company showed that its handheld means business, with games coming out nearly every week in Japan between now and Christmas. On top of all the already announced titles, some big-name developers were also on hand to offer support. A new Professor Layton game, titled …


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