Since the very first Pokemon games, the developers have always launched multiple versions of the game, two at a time to start (Red and Blue, Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, etc). On top of that, they’ve almost always launched a THIRD game a year later within the same generation that would be something of a “Director’s Cut” a year later, which would add new gameplay and story elements (Yellow, Crystal, Diamond). While we didn’t end up with Pokemon Z (though evidence points to it being planned, but ultimately scrapped with ideas rolled into future titles), it sounds like Sun & Moon will bring about a return of the third version with a twist: it’ll be on the Nintendo Switch!
The report is coming from EuroGamer (whose sources were incredibly accurate about Switch details long before it’s official reveal), who say the current codename for the game is Pokemon Stars and will launch on the Switch sometime next year. Pokemon Stars has been in development at the same time as Sun & Moon by the same studio, while work on Stars was paused for a couple months in order to polish the 3DS games for launch time.
It’s exactly how the Pokemon developers, Game Freak, has handled the multiple game iterations since the franchise started in the 90s. The gameplay and graphics will be updated to take advantage of the Switch hardware, but will still feature the same map and trading between all the versions will be possible thanks to the Pokemon Bank. All this means fans can finally get the Pokemon experience on their consoles they’ve been waiting for.
Again, it’s all rumor for the moment and should be taken with a grain of salt, but things seem to be lining up for it. Before the Switch was formally revealed, Game Freak confirmed they were working on a Pokemon game for the new Nintendo system without providing any details. Couple that with Eurogamer’s current track record regarding the Switch, and there’s a good chance Pokemon Stars is going to happen some time next year.
Hopefully we’ll find out more information on the game (if it’s real) before too long, maybe even at the big Switch presentation in January. In the meantime, what do you think about this rumor?