Bring on the new gen
Whereas this year’s Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! are intended to be an easy entry point for a wide audience (and something of a stopgap to satiate Switch owners), next year’s mainline Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is being designed specifically with “longtime fans” in mind.
According to Ishihara, it will be a “completely different” game compared to Let’s Go.
“We want to make Pokémon fans say ‘this is what I’ve been waiting for’ by delivering a brand-new product packed with gameplay elements and plenty of new Pokémon to encounter.“
Put another way: “The game will give a good understanding of what an evolved Pokémon game looks like after it has continued to succeed the traditions of Game Freak.“
This is exactly what I hoped and expected after the recent reveal event. I’m decently interested in the stripped-back focus of Let’s Go, and co-op is a great addition; I’ll probably be there at or around launch in November. Next year’s game, though? No question about it — I’m all in for the new monsters.