The rumours have been circulating for a while, and this latest revelation may well be the best proof we have of a Nintendo Switch Pokemon game.
Rumours about a Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch haven’t evolved beyond being just industry chatter, but The Pokemon Company is still thinking about how it can bring the famed franchise to the console. And today, news out of Pokemon series developer Game Freak may just feed into the rumour mill even more.
The Pokemon Company confirmed as early as September that it had plans to support Switch, and last month, CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, spoke about how it will approach the highly anticipated console.
In an interview with Toyokeizai Online, Ishihara said it wouldn’t be as simple as porting their games to the console.
“Pokemon has been about being portable, but now there is the Switch, which is a portable home console, so it has a bigger screen and higher specs than we’re used to,” Ishihara said, (via NeoGAF). “Apart from main games, we make stuff like Pokkén [Tournament] and [Pokémon Mystery] Dungeon, so I am thinking we should make games that suit the Switch, but at this time I cannot confirm any projects.”
A few weeks on, and the rumour mill is once again in overdrive.
A job advert posted by Game Freak (translated by Nintendo Everything) shows the company is looking for a motion modeller.
There is a distinct specification that the person is able to create models on the level of the PS Vita and Wii U, and that, importantly, they have experience “producing monster models” and “deformed characters”.
There’s no specific description of the project in the job advert, but interestingly, the contract position will last until May 2018, a time one would think would be a good time for Nintendo to start prepping a Pokemon release for Switch.
Could this be the Pokemon Sun and Moon Switch spin-off, Pokemon Stars, that has long been rumoured?