The most recent main series video game came out last year around this time, Pokémon Sword & Shield. They decided not to release a new game for 2020 for the main series but rather to release two DLCs, the Isle of Armor and the Crown Tundra.
This is the first time that they didn’t release a main series game since the gap between Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Sun & Moon, so this is a pretty big deal for them to not release a main series game. It has been 5 years since they had a gap year, and it’s incredibly unlikely that they would have 2 years in a row without a game.
A lot of people are speculating for next year, and the game is going to be a Diamond and Pearl remake or some sort of remaster of the Sinnoh Region, which is the generation 4 of Pokémon. That also happens to line up perfectly with the Diamond and Pearl 15th Anniversary, and of course, next year is the 25th Anniversary of the Pokémon franchise. So, it makes so much sense that they are gonna come out with a main series game.
In terms of other things outside of the main series, we know that there will be a big marketing push for the 25th Anniversary. They already have a logo for it. Some cards were accidentally misprinted, so we saw the logo a few months ago. Now we have an official logo reveal of the 25th anniversary, and going back to the 20th anniversary, they had a big marketing push for that. Mythical Pokémon reveals every month; they do all sorts of crazy things for it. To me, the 25th anniversary is bigger than the 20th, not just from a numerical standpoint. In terms of hitting a milestone, a quarter of a century is really big for a company.
From the spinoff side of things, there is a game being developed by Tencent called Pokémon Unite. We know that it’s in beta in China, and we anticipate that to come out sometime early next year. That’s a MOBA (Multiplayer online battle arena), similar to League of Legends. That could be really big. There was a lot of negativity about that reveal because I think people were expecting something else. Regardless, it’s run by one of the biggest conglomerates in terms of video game content. Tencent is just massive in China, so there is gonna be money behind this, and with the Pokémon IP, it’s got a really good shot to be big.
There’s going to be a Pokémon Snap 2 called “New Pokemon Snap.” It looks amazing. The graphics are nuts. I think that could be a huge home run. I anticipate that release by the second quarter of next year. There is no release date, and we are just speculating right now. That game will be for Nintendo Switch.
There has been a lot of talk about Detective Pikachu, which obviously had the movie, but also a video game. There have been a lot of whispers about another Detective Pikachu game. The initial game didn’t do very well. However, the movie did well, so now that they have the movie, they could hit a bigger audience. That’s just a rumor, though.