Pokémon’s first big adventure on the Nintendo Switch will soon be upon us, but what do we know about the title?
There isn’t much information yet regarding what the game will look like and we only really know that it’ll be a core series Pokémon title. This was revealed when Tsunekazu Ishihara, the president and CEO of the Pokémon Company, confirmed that Game Freak was creating a core series RPG Pokémon title for the Nintendo Switch at E3 2017.
This means that the game won’t be a title from a spinoff series, like Mystery Dungeon or Pokémon Ranger, and it also won’t be a stadium-like game that consoles have had in the past. Instead, fans can expect a true RPG game similar to previous handheld titles from the past two decades.
Reggie Fils-Aime, the president of Nintendo of America, also weighed in on the game, saying it’ll be a “traditional find, battle, train type experience.” But he didn’t provide any further details on the project other than that.
Release dates, the title of the series, or even which Pokémon will appear in the game are all unknown at this time.
Rumors, rumors, rumors
A lot of rumors have come out since the game was initially unveiled. Pokémon Stars is the most obvious name, with multiple outlets claiming that the game will be a different version of the Nintendo 3DS title, Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Pokémon games on the Nintendo 3DS have probably come to a close after the release of Ultra Sun and Moon at the end of 2017—which opens the door for new titles to debut on different consoles, like the Switch.
Additionally, multiple rumors are circulating about eighth generation Pokémon starter images, but they’ve either been fake or haven’t come from a valid source at this time.
On Feb. 11, Twitter user Pixelpar reported that the initial European translations for Pokémon Switch had begun and are expected to be completed by June 2018.
If this rumor is true, the game could be close to completion. Fans should take this with a grain of salt, however, since it’s just a rumor.