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New Mainline Pokémon Games Coming in 2019

by Dylan Siegler

These games will be more traditional than Let's Go, Pikachu! and Eevee!

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The Pokémon Company recently held a press conference, during which they made a number of announcements. The new spin-off action-RPG Pokémon Quest and the new mainline games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! were both announced for the Switch, as well as a new accessory called Poké Ball Plus, which can be used with the Let’s Go games and Pokémon GO. However, those unhappy with the return to Kanto or GO integration that will be prominent in the Let’s Go games may find reassurance in the company’s final announcement of the conference.

Toward the end of the presentation, long time series director, producer and composer Junichi Masuda announced that more mainline games are currently being developed alongside the Let’s Go games and that they are currently set to launch on the Switch sometime in the latter half of 2019. Shortly after Masuda’s announcement, The Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara stated that the new main series games will “follow in the tradition of Pokémon X and and Pokémon Sun and Moon.” This would seem to imply that the new mainline games scheduled for 2019 will be more traditional mainline games, likely leaving out the GO integration that will be present in the Let’s Go games and other creative decisions that more hardcore fans may not be happy about. It’s also entirely possible that these newer games will be the first games in the eighth Generation, though this has yet to be confirmed. So far, the only confirmed information regarding these games is that they are mainline games set for a release on the Switch in the latter half of 2019.

You can watch the full press conference below.

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