Game Freak’s Masuda Reiterates Pokemon 2019 Will be a Traditional Pokemon Game

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda once again confirmed that next year’s Pokemon game will be a traditional Pokemon game.

Much of the backlash against Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee stems from the fact that it’s not a traditional Pokemon game. The game incorporates elements from the Pokemon Go! mobile title and has no wild battles. Expecting backlash from fans, Game Freak also announced that a brand new Pokemon mainline adventure would launch in 2019 and have all the features fans expect from a core title.

Speaking with Famitsu (translated by Nintendo Everything), Masuda reiterated that next year’s title will function like a traditional Pokemon game you’d play on GameBoy, GameBoy Advanced, DS, or 3DS:

“As for the 2019 title, we’re working with the idea that everyone will be playing on their own Switch. It’ll have the same kind of feeling as the previous games on handheld systems.”

Masuda’s comments are likely to make longtime Pokemon fans quite happy. The 2019 Pokemon titles are heavily believed to be the eighth-generation of Pokemon, and will arrive three years after the launch of the seventh-generation games (Sun/Moon). Still, a lot of fans will likely pick up this year’s titles, which will leave many wondering if Pokemon caught in Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee will be transferable to next year’s titles. Masuda’s answer? Maybe.

“There have been times where you couldn’t bring Pokemon over from previous titles – I imagine that created some bad memories. I want to try and change that, if I can.”

Pokemon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go! Eevee are out November 16 on Switch.