During the Nintendo Spotlight at E3 2017, Tsunekazu Ishihara announced a new core RPG Pokemon title for the Switch. Game Freak has been tasked with developing the new game. A couple of rumours found their way into the mainstream.
President and CEO of The Pokemon Company Tsunekazu Ishihara announced a new Pokemon RPG for the Switch back in June. You can see the video above this article (skip to 08:39). The Switch exclusive is set to launch sometime in the late 2018, early 2019. The only officially confirmed fact about the new game is that it has been announced.
We've gathered here today to discuss the rumours surrounding the upcoming Pokemon RPG for the Switch, so grab some popcorn and let's get rumouring. That's an actual word.
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The source behind today's news is the same Chinese-based group who previously leaked that Team Rainbow Rocket would be in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon. Here's what they found:
First up, the Chinese localization team has already finished translating the game's script. This means that the development process is anything but in its early stages. Z-Moves that have been introduced in Generation VII will be making a return. They will be activated by Joy-Con's motion controls.
Pokemon RPG's main plot will revolve around the clash between tradition and innovation, and no new Mega Evolutions will be introduced. After Hawaii and France, the team behind the upcoming game decided to turn to Spain or Italy for region inspiration.
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And finally, the reason this article exists. The lynchpin. This happens to be the news of a new simplified battle system. The new system has been compared to the systems found in Digimon World games and Pokken Tournament.
This either means that the new RPG will use a real-time battle style in which all the moves are selected via menu and include the option to attack or block moves from your opponent; or that your moves will be attacks, blocks or grabs that work in a rock-scissors-paper fashion.