It may seem a little early to start talking about what will be the next Pokémon game with Scarlet and Violet out in 2022, but it’s bound to be in the works. There are a couple of options in the mix, so we’ll take you through them to give you a better idea about what will be landing next. Drop us a comment at the bottom of the page to let us know which one you’re most excited about.
We were already expecting there to be a couple of DLC expansions for Scarlet and Violet in the next twelve months and now it has been confirmed, with the first already out. However, this doesn’t constitute the next game, as such. This would be in addition to the contenders below.
The June Nintendo Direct announced Detective Pikachu Returns, but this isn’t really a true Pokémon series game. It’s more of a spin-off title, so again it doesn’t really count. However, you can see it in action in the video below and it came out on Nintendo Switch on October 6th 2023 with relatively lackluster reviews.
What we can say with a good level certainty is that the next core series title probably won’t be a new generation game with Scarlet and Violet still pretty hot off the presses. What this means is that it will either be a sequel or maybe even a prequel to Pokémon Legends Arceus, or a remake of one of the earlier games in the series, similar to Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in 2021.
Option 1: We’ll get a Pokémon remake for the next game
The most likely answer is that the next Pokémon game will be a remake of an earlier title with graphics like Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee in 2018. That was a remake of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow, which covered the very first game in the series from the Game Boy days.
The only other remake we’ve had for the Nintendo Switch is the Diamond and Pearl duo mentioned above. Before 2018 the entire series was exclusively released on hand-held consoles like the Game Boy, Advance and DS. It’s only the Nintendo Switch that introduced home console gaming to the series, probably because it’s got both hand-held and TV gaming functionality.
With two remakes in the bag and Pokémon Legends Arceus acting as an ancient prequel to Diamond and Pearl, that leaves just 5 options for the next game. The first of these is Gold and Silver, but this already had a Heart and Soul remake for the Nintendo DS in 2009.
That doesn’t necessarily rule it out. In fact, maybe it would be easier to do a Switch port with the slightly updated remake in play. However, it’s possible that it’s less likely considering the fact that Gold and Silver has already had one update already.
It’s done some pretty big sales numbers over the years with a little over 42 million copies sold worldwide across the three versions of the game (the original, Pokémon Crystal and the 2009 remake). That gives it a lot of potential older gamers that would pick it up in a heart beat for nostalgia’s sake alone, as well as the newer generation of players.
Another option is Ruby and Sapphire, which first came out in 2002 on the Game Boy Advance, but it also had a remake with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire re-porting it for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014. The only games not to get a remake yet are Pokémon Black and White (and its sequel), and X and Y, so these are the most likely contenders for the next game.
Both would be a lot of fun, but X and Y came out on the 3DS in 2013, which wasn’t that long ago, so maybe it’s the less likely of the two. Pokémon Black and White, on the other hand came out on the standard DS hand-held console back in 2010, so it’s not quite as recent.
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It was the first installment of generation 5. It’s set in the Unova region, which was modeled on New York, complete with seasonal cycles and big city streets. It was the second most successful Pokémon game on the Nintendo DS behind Diamond and Pearl, which adds to the potential of it being the next game to come out after Scarlet and Violet.
The only other remake contender is Sun and Moon. It’s the game we’d most like to see next, but it only came out on the Nintendo 3DS in 2016. It had the Ultra treatment a year later, so it’ll be surprising to get a remake so soon after its initial release.
Option 2: Pokémon Legends game next
It seems unlikely that there would be a Pokémon Legends title without a remake and with Diamond and Pearl already covered in Arceus that just leaves Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee. That would give it an ancient Kanto region setting, which would be pretty cool, along with possible links in the story for Mew and Mew Two in the mix.
It’s definitely got its merits, although, the other possibility is that they make a Legends game based on Sword and Shield. This would set it in Galar and with all of the mysteries and legendary story arcs it’s hard to discount it.
Another option is that they do something similar to Arceus and wait for one of the remakes mentioned above to come out and then go back in time for that region. Our top pick was Pokémon Black and White, and with a large Unova region, which wasn’t fully explored in the original game, it could be a big future project for the Legends series.
The last game was an open zone game and with the issues Scarlet and Violet had with going fully open world it might be better to save a Black and White Legends title for future technologies. You can read more about the prospect of this in the section below.
What console will the next Pokémon game release on?
That’s all of our possible next Pokémon game options covered, but there’s a big question mark about the console it’ll come out on. There’s no official news as of yet from Nintendo, but six years is usually about right as a gap between systems and the Switch came out in 2017, so that initially put 2023 in the frame for a new console.
Add to that the fact that there was a new Zelda game out in 2023 with Tears Of The Kingdom following up on Breath Of The Wild and you have a lot of clues to pursue. A Switch Pro has been talked about for years now with no sign of anything concrete apart from the OLED model, which is just a bigger and better screen, so something else must be in the works.
If there is a new console, which is usually signified by the presence of either a new Zelda or Mario game and a six year gap, then the next Pokémon game could possibly be a duel release. This would mean better graphics and performance on a new system, which would add to the excitement, so fingers crossed the Super Switch does in fact come to pass.
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We’ll update you with more details on the next Pokémon game as they’re confirmed. You can also check out ourcomputer games section to keep tabs on other releases. Visit the Pokémon website atwww.pokemon.com/ for more details.
What about the new Pokémon TV series?
If you’ve seen the news that there’s a new Pokémon TV series in 2023, you might be wondering whether or not this will have any impact on the next game. The series is the first in the franchise not to feature Ash Kechum as the main character, so it’s definitely going to be a big moment.
However, the reality is that the series, Pokémon Horizons, will be set in Paldea with links to Scarlet and Violet. As such, the 2023 show will probably have very little impact on any new game that might be coming our way in the next year or so.
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The story introduces new character Liko and her starter ‘mon Sprigatito, similar to the 9th generation game. It’s possible that there might be a reveal towards the end of the series that could hint at the next steps for the game franchise too, so we’ll keep you posted. You can subscribe to our newsletter if you don’t want to miss out on any of the details.
Pokémon Horizons debuted on TV Tokyo in Japan from April 14th, 2023, so we’ll find out more about this relatively soon. In the UK it’s already available to watch on BBC and for the North American release date for the new show it follows Pokémon Ultimate Journeys on Netflix, so the streaming platform is the one to go for.
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In the provided article discussing the potential next Pokémon game after Scarlet and Violet, several concepts and elements related to the Pokémon franchise are highlighted. Let's break down the information and discuss each concept:
Remakes in the Pokémon Series: The article mentions the likelihood of the next Pokémon game being a remake of an earlier title. It refers to previous remakes like Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee, which were based on Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow. It also cites Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes and highlights the possibility of remaking other titles such as Gold and Silver, Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon Black and White, or Pokémon X and Y.
Potential Remake Candidates:
- Gold and Silver: Remade as HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS in 2009.
- Ruby and Sapphire: Remade as Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS in 2014.
- Pokémon Black and White: Released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS and cited as a likely contender due to its popularity.
- Pokémon X and Y: Released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, possibly less likely for a remake soon after its original release.
Legends Series Possibilities: The article speculates on the potential for a Pokémon Legends game. It considers the idea of setting a Legends game in the Kanto region or exploring Galar from Sword and Shield. Additionally, it proposes the concept of using a future remake as the setting for a Legends series game, specifically mentioning Pokémon Black and White's Unova region as a possibility.
Console Speculation: The article discusses the potential console for the next Pokémon game, considering the historical patterns of console releases. It suggests the possibility of a new Nintendo console (possibly a Super Switch) coinciding with the next Pokémon game release, anticipating better graphics and performance.
Connection to Pokémon Horizons TV Series: The article highlights the release of the Pokémon Horizons TV series, set in Paldea and linked to Scarlet and Violet. It suggests that the series might provide hints or connections to the upcoming Pokémon game, potentially teasing future developments in the franchise.
Additional Information: The article includes information about the Pokémon Horizons TV series, the potential impact of the new series on the game, the introduction of new characters like Liko and Sprigatito, and the release dates and platforms for viewing the series.
Overall, the article primarily focuses on predicting the next direction for the Pokémon game franchise post-Scarlet and Violet. It explores various possibilities for remakes, Legends series, console releases, and potential connections to the Pokémon Horizons TV series.