We first heard about it last year, during the big E3 2017 Nintendo Direct (below). Tsunekazu Ishihara, President and CEO at The Pokémon Company showed off the Pokkén Tournament DX for Switch… And then he teased that there is indeed a Pokémon Switch game being worked on.
GameFreak has begun developing a core RPG Pokémon title on Nintendo Switch. It may not release for more than a year, but we’ll hope you look forward to it all the same.
We haven’t heard anything since… so fans got to work.
Fans have come to the conclusion that the long-awaited Switch / Pokémon RPG could be released as early as this year!
Recent job listings indicating that the game is in its finishing stages. Japanese netizens presented as evidence last year’s openings at Game Freak for “3DCG designers” and “character modelers” for an “internationally popular RPG game”, whose work would include creating “human characters, monsters, and items”. Considering that Game Freak has only produced a few non-Pokémon games, and none of them could really be considered famous world-wide, fans assume it’s for the Pokémon game.
The job posting states that the work contract would be until May of this year, which may mean that the modeling and game design stage is expected to be over soon.