While the more beginner friendly Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! will be the next games in Nintendo's role-playing game series to be released, a more traditional Pokémon game is set to release in 2019 for Nintendo Switch. So far details have been scarce, but The Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara recently gave an interview to Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu. Ishihara didn't say a ton, but he did reveal some key new information.
The recent announcement of Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! divided the game's fan base. While some were happy to see a more accessible title being made that will target the mainstream audience that enjoyed Pokémon Go on mobile, others were expecting a deeper game. Nintendo was quick to placate the upset fans by announcing that another title by Game Freak is in development and is set to release next year.
Ishihara started the interview by reiterating that 2019's Pokémon game will be for more experienced players. As such, it will feel similar to past handheld games, although developer GameFreak is working on maintaining a better visual quality thanks to the additional power that the Nintendo Switch offers when compared to the Nintendo 3DS. This will also mark the next generation of the series (as opposed to the Let's Go titles that are based upon the classic Red and Blue Game Boy entries), as it will feature "lots" of new pocket monsters for players to collect.
Nintendo has a good problem to have with the Pokémon series in that its fanbase is so large that there are players of various skill levels. By creating two different types of experiences, they're looking to cater towards both newer and more experienced players. The Let's Go games will also help the more casual fans transition to the 2019 release, so potentially both audiences will be geared up for the highly anticipated Switch role-playing game.
The company has received some flack for the new direction, but it's important to note that not every game has to appeal to everyone. Nintendo won't stop making the type of Pokémon games that made the series famous in the first place, and there's nothing for the more hardcore fans to worry about. There is simply too much money to be made for them to not include everyone.