So after a baseless rumour spread by certain parties, you're deciding to ignore an actual known project?
Wasn't really baseless--it was in quite a few places that had fairly solid information. Not the point.
Place on backburner = / = ignore. Just means I won't make a habit of hanging out in "I can't wait for the next Pokemon" threads. Game Freak is in no hurry to put this out, so what's the point in champing at the bit to hear new news. At the earliest we'd learn something in...May, maybe? I wanna say that's when new Pokemon news tends to hit. Then or February. That's way too far out for a project I haven't even seen yet.
- Ride on the Go hype train before it diesWhy?
They skipped 1997, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015. Why can't they skip 2018?
No God no.The series just had a refresh.
What sort of refresh are you wanting?
So help me, if you say "go back to the original 151"...
Fall 2018 = Pokémon Stars (UltraS&M HD remaster)
Fall 2019 = New Gen Switch exclusive
No God no.
Full disclosure: I've not played Sun or Moon. I've watched playthrough and they don't seem like a huge step away from traditions (even though they dropped specific things) but I appreciate that's not something you can tell until you've actually played it.
heavily story based (to the point of being a nuisance), going away with gyms (a series staple), introducing a new gimmick mechanic (z-move) and totally discarding the last gimmick mechanic (megas)
game changed enough without losing its identity as a pokemon main game. any more than that, you don't even need to bother calling it pokemon anymore
I really really hope they take their time to make good Pokemon, Sun and Moon are the best 3DS Pokemon games by far but my god 90% of the new Pokemon were just trash imo, both look and stat wise besides the legendaries, like seriously 60 base speed for all the starters? who the heck thought that was a good idea?
There will be multiple Directs announcing new titles for the period. I wouldn't be surprised if Kirby and Yoshi release in the January to March period, while more titles for April and later get announced in Directs in the coming months. Nintendo's announcement to release cycle is pretty short now.Is it just me or does early 2018 look a little dry for Switch?
So another 3DS mainline game after ultra for 2018.
Game Freak & The Pokémon Company may opt to let the franchise to have a breather year before Gen 8 (hence "or Later"). I'd imagine that Nintendo wants it for Holiday 2018, but it depends on how development pans out. Either way, the 3DS's Pokémon road ends at Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon.Hope it releases by holiday 2018.
I want my glorious HD Pokemon
Do mainline Pokemon games always release in the winter?
Switch will need something big in 2018 if this is later
I mean, the 3DS waited until 2013 for X/Y, so the Switch waiting until 2019 wouldn't be that unheard of.Do mainline Pokemon games always release in the winter? In which case we could be looking at holiday 2019 if it misses 2018 - that would be a bloody long time for the Switch to go without a mainline Pokemon title. I think if you asked Nintendo what their ideal would be it would go something like "Pokemon for Christmas 2018 and Metroid Prime 4 for 2019".
Pokemon Christmas 2018 would be massive. You would hope they would have stock issues sorted by then and, if they do, a new Pokemon title (possibly bundled with consoles) would absolutely make bank.
I'm still gonna bet a May 2018 direct for a November 2018 release.