Just lately, the web was set aflame by a collection of rumors about the upcoming Pokémon recreation for Nintendo Change. For many who are unaware, final yr throughout Nintendo’s E3 presentation, president and CEO of The Pokémon Firm Tsunekazu Ishihara introduced that “Game Freak has begun developing a core RPG Pokémon title on Nintendo Switch,” and that “it may not release for more than a year.” That was all the info that was given at the time and no new info has been revealed since. Naturally, this has led to a plethora of rumors and “leaks” pertaining to this new recreation. Most of those rumors have been apparent fakes, however one rumor particularly has been gaining a ton of traction recently, and that’s the rumor of Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee.
Why are rumors about these video games seen as probably extra official than all these different rumors? Nicely, that query requires an extended rationalization. Let’s begin from the starting. Again in March, a 4chan publish by a consumer referred to as Actual Leaks gave a bunch of particulars about these supposed video games. There have been a number of causes to not take this preliminary submit significantly. For one factor, it was posted on 4chan, which doesn’t precisely give a ton of credibility to the poster, as individuals submit all types of ridiculous rumors and supposed “leaks” on there all the time. Additionally, the poster’s username is “Real Leaks.” Yeah, actual inconspicuous. To not point out that the publish was initially posted on March 31, however as a consequence of timezone variations, many individuals noticed it posted on April 1, April Idiot’s Day. So it was tremendous straightforward at the time to brush this off as simply one other rumor that wasn’t actual. Wanting again, nevertheless, the publish appears to tie in very properly with various different alleged leaks which have come out extra lately. So let’s take a look at what precisely the publish says. It begins off by saying “Let’s go,” then provides the following bullet factors:
- Yellow remakes for Change
- Two variations, Pikachu and Eevee
- Purple and Blue play a task in the story, you and your rival are new trainers
- Following Pokémon return
- HMs nonetheless changed with Pokeride from alola
- On-line has a hub for gamers
- Pokémon Go integration
- Catching Pokémon works like in Go
- Rewards in recreation and in Go for linking the two collectively
- New accent can be utilized with each Go and the video games
- Announcement quickly, releasing this yr
Taking a look at this record, there are lots extra causes to be skeptical. Yet one more return to Kanto? Pikachu and Eevee variations? Pokémon GO integration with a mainline recreation? It doesn’t appear very probably. However now, let’s skip forward a few months…
Yesterday, Might 15, is when issues began to actually take off. Nicely-known leaker Emily Rogers posted about the Pokémon Change recreation on her weblog, stating, “As we wait for an announcement on the upcoming Pokémon title, which will be revealed before the end of this month, think about what Pokémon Go might mean for the future of the Pokémon series. I suspect that the naming/branding for this year’s Pokémon Switch title (there’s two versions) might raise a few eyebrows.” Instantly we will see some similarities. Rogers mentions that Pokémon GO might have one thing to do with the Change recreation; Actual Leaks mentioned GO‘s integration with the video games. Rogers states that there can be two variations, moderately than one recreation; Actual Leaks said that there can be a Pikachu and an Eevee model. Rogers says the names and branding of the new video games will “raise a few eyebrows”; if Actual Leaks is true and these video games make the most of Pokémon GO and the cowl Pokémon are Pikachu and Eevee, moderately than the regular Legendaries, that certainly would increase a couple of eyebrows. Some individuals see Rogers as a reputable supply, so her weblog submit was taken extra significantly than Actual Leaks’ submit. Nevertheless, there are additionally many individuals who word that lots of Rogers’ previous predictions by no means got here to fruition, giving cause to stay skeptical about this entire ordeal. To not point out the undeniable fact that Rogers stays fairly obscure in her descriptions of the new recreation(s), so this weblog publish by itself isn’t a lot to go on.
That very same day, Actual Leaks returned to 4chan to publish what’s allegedly the emblem (above) of Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu Version whereas stating that each this recreation and the Eevee Version are set to launch this fall. Now, in the event you weren’t inclined to consider Actual Leaks’ first submit, you’d in all probability brush off this emblem as only a pretend as nicely. Nevertheless, after this emblem reveal, one other well-known leaker referred to as Pixelpar tweeted about the emblem. Earlier than we get into that, nevertheless, right here’s slightly bit about Pixelpar’s historical past with the Pokémon Change recreation. Again in March, earlier than the unique Actual Leaks publish, Pixelpar misplaced a guess that resulted in him agreeing to attract out his tweets from that second ahead. All through March and April, he posted quite a lot of drawings of Pokémon and Pokémon-related issues. In any case, the guess that he misplaced was about if Pokémon Change can be introduced or teased inside 30 days of the guess. On Might 15, he lastly revealed that plenty of his drawings had secretly been clues. In a video compilation of his drawings all through the two months, we see that he began off with a crude drawing depicting Pokémon Yellow Model, then later drawing Pikachu and Eevee. He even drew a comic book with the phrase “Let’s go” in it. As soon as Actual Leaks posted this alleged emblem, Pixelpar posted this video, claiming that he had recognized about Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee all alongside. He later said that he began a guess that he knew he would lose on objective in order that he might make all these drawings, successfully dropping hints till the video games’ leaked Might 15 reveal.
Since then, a ton of different alleged leakers, resembling Nibel and TheGamerBird, amongst others, have begun posting issues about Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee. So why achieve this many individuals understand these rumors to be extra official than the ton of different Pokémon Change rumors we’ve gotten over the previous yr? No one actually is aware of who Actual Leaks is, so he/she shouldn’t have a lot credibility. Each Emily Rogers and Pixelpar are well-known leakers, however like many well-known leakers, they’ve gotten some issues proper and some issues flawed, so their credibilities are shaky at greatest. So now let’s get into a few of the the reason why these rumors particularly are being taken extra significantly.
For one factor, individuals simply appear to be impressed that numerous leakers appear to all agree on these leaks, whereas leakers often function fairly individually, making their very own predictions based mostly on their very own supposed sources. However relating to Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, we have now Actual Leaks, Emily Rogers, Pixelpar and various others all leaking comparable info. It will be straightforward to elucidate this away, nevertheless, by assuming that Pixelpar and Actual Leaks are in cahoots with one another (or might even be the similar individual, who is aware of?) and then realizing that Rogers’ weblog publish was obscure sufficient to only occur to slot in with what the different two have leaked. Then, all the different leakers who’ve jumped on board might simply be piggybacking off of those three in an try to extend their very own credibility.
There’s nonetheless another leak we should always talk about earlier than leaping into another issues, although. A few of chances are you’ll keep in mind that on March 31, a supposed screenshot of Pokémon Change was leaked that featured the participant character driving a Lapras. The picture is under, for these of you who’ve but to see it.
When this picture was first leaked, many followers have been upset that the graphics look like kind of the similar as these in Pokémon Solar and Moon, somewhat than being utterly revamped graphics for the Change. Nevertheless, this picture makes much more sense when taking Actual Leaks’ unique publish into consideration. For one factor, if this recreation is a remake of types, then it will make sense that the graphics haven’t been terribly improved. Pokémon remakes all the time include the graphics of the present Era moderately than having next-Gen graphics. FireRed and LeafGreen have been launched throughout Gen III and had the similar graphics as Ruby and Sapphire. HeartGold and SoulSilver have been launched throughout Gen IV and had the similar graphics as Diamond and Pearl. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been launched throughout Gen VI and had the similar graphics as X and Y. So it will make sense that if Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee are remakes or re-imaginings of Yellow, as Actual Leaks states, then they might have the similar graphics as Solar and Moon. Moreover, upon the picture being leaked, many said that the space appears to resemble Route 21 from Kanto, which additional backs up the declare that these video games happen in Kanto. Additionally, although the picture is blurry, you possibly can vaguely make out an Eevee perched atop the participant character’s head, which would appear to coincide with Actual Leaks’ claims about the return of the Pokémon-following-its-trainer mechanic, in addition to the choice to have Eevee comply with you, whereas in the unique Yellow solely Pikachu might comply with you. Actual Leaks additionally states that catching Pokémon in these video games will probably be like Pokémon GO, and we see that on this picture as properly, with Pokémon showing in the overworld, the means they do in GO, somewhat than showing in random encounters. Lastly, we see the participant character driving on Lapras in a method just like the PokéRides from Alola, identical to Actual Leaks said.
Coincidentally (or maybe not coincidentally), this picture was leaked proper round the time that Actual Leaks made his/her unique submit about Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee. However the place did this leak come from? Nicely, it seems that the one who leaked the picture was none aside from Pixelpar. So yeah, lots of alleged leaks about the new Pokémon recreation appear to coincide with one another, however additionally they all appear to return from the similar few sources, specifically Actual Leaks, Pixelpar and, to a point, Emily Rogers. Principally, these leaks are solely as legitimate as you understand these three leakers to be.
However now let’s speak about some non-leaked info that some consider is tied into all this. To start with, again in 2016, long-time Pokémon director, producer, designer and composer Junichi Masuda said in an interview that he needs to attach Pokémon GO with the primary collection video games indirectly. He stated, “We want people who picked up Pokémon and learned about it through Pokémon Go to also play Sun and Moon and the main series games. We want to have a kind of way to connect the two, or have a way for people who enjoyed one to enjoy some of their progress in the other. But that will definitely come down the road.” Many have used this interview to validate the rumors that Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, if actual, will make the most of Pokémon GO ultimately or one other.
Followers have additionally observed an abundance of consideration spent on Eevee these days. This is available in the type of a brand new line of merchandise in Japan that includes each Eevee and Pikachu, in addition to the current creation of the Twitter web page Challenge Eevee, which shares movies and footage of Eevee, together with the Pokémon’s journeys to varied Japanese companies. Pikachu, as the collection mascot, already has all the consideration it wants, however individuals assume that each one this new consideration that Eevee is getting is an try and set the stage for Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee alongside the Pikachu model.
— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) Might 11, 2018
One other non-leak that has gotten followers speaking is a Tweet made by Masuda simply days earlier than all the supposed leaks got here out on Might 15. This Tweet merely exhibits somebody, in all probability Masuda, holding an opulent PokéBall in entrance of three different plushies. These three plush toys are Pikachu, Eevee and a Pikachu dressed as Luigi. That is one other instance of Pikachu and Eevee being seen collectively, however provided that these are two extremely common Pokémon (even when one has extra reputation as the collection mascot), it very properly might be nothing. Nevertheless, some followers, adamant on believing the leaks, declare that there’s extra to this image than meets the eye. Some declare that the Pikachu dressed as Luigi is meant to be a stand-in for the phrase “Let’s go!” One among Mario and Luigi’s catchphrases is “Let’s-a go!” and some will say that the “L” on Pikachu’s hat stands for “Let’s go!” Some additionally assume that the method Masuda is holding the PokéBall is meant to seem like the method PokéBalls seem in entrance of a Pokémon when making an attempt to catch them in Pokémon GO, bringing all of it collectively. It’s all a reasonably large stretch in case you ask me, however Masuda has been recognized to provide obscure clues in the previous. In all probability the most well-known instance of that is when he Tweeted an image of the moon throughout the day, mentioning how the solar and moon have been out at the similar time, simply days earlier than Pokémon Solar and Moon have been formally introduced.
There are nonetheless a number of extra issues pertaining to Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee which might be value stating. For one factor, considered one of the most trusted names in Pokémon information, Serebii.internet, reported on these rumors. Many individuals are skeptical of the info supposedly leaked by Actual Leaks, Pixelpar and Emily Rogers, however Serebii.internet tends to solely report on details and precise information, so despite the fact that Serebii.internet was positive to additionally state that these are solely rumors and are completely unconfirmed, the incontrovertible fact that Serebii.internet reported on them in any respect lends them some extra credence in the eyes of the Pokémon group.
It’s additionally value mentioning that loads of these “leaks” and rumors state that an announcement is coming quickly, with Emily Rogers going so far as to say that there will probably be an official announcement earlier than the finish of this month. This truly appears to be according to another info we have now. To start with, some might discover it bizarre that this announcement can be made so quickly earlier than E3, somewhat than Nintendo saving such an enormous announcement for the occasion itself. Nevertheless, big Pokémon bulletins have historically been made by The Pokémon Firm themselves, slightly than by Nintendo, and these bulletins are virtually by no means made at E3. The truth is, the announcement of Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon was made final yr just some days earlier than E3, so it’s completely potential that this might occur once more. Some have additionally identified that again in March, the newest Pokémon Direct stream was faraway from Nintendo’s Japanese company website. This appears odd at first, till you understand that that is truly a part of a development. Sometimes, the latest Pokémon Direct stream is faraway from this website when a brand new Pokémon Direct is scheduled inside the subsequent month or two. For instance, the Pokémon Direct stream that exposed Solar and Moon was eliminated not lengthy earlier than the stream saying Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon happened. Since the stream by which Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon was eliminated in March, many suspect that a new Pokémon Direct stream is due for Might. You may simply argue that this discredits Emily Rogers legitimacy as a leaker, since a Might Pokémon Direct is one thing that many in the group have predicted at this level, which means you don’t need to be a reliable leaker to offer that info. What this does imply, nevertheless, is that we should always know if there’s any fact to Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee inside the subsequent two weeks. If Emily Rogers and the different leakers and predictors are proper, then we’ll get an announcement quickly. On the different hand, if we don’t get an announcement earlier than E3, then Rogers, in addition to a lot of different supposed leakers, will lose their credibility (although many leakers, together with Rogers, have gotten info mistaken earlier than and nonetheless keep their credibility, go determine) and we will in all probability safely assume that the Pokémon Let’s Go! video games have been simply rumors concocted by Rogers, Pixelpar and Actual Leaks.
Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless one final piece of attainable proof. At the moment (Might 16), phrase began to unfold that on Might 15, the domains for each pokemonletsgopikachu.com and pokemonletsgoeevee.com have been registered on the similar website that Nintendo used to register the web site for Pokémon Solar/Moon again in 2016. Nevertheless, in contrast to the Solar/Moon web site, the Pokémon Let’s Go! web sites aren’t registered to Nintendo, however somewhat to “Domain Administrator.” This might imply quite a few issues. It’s attainable that it might imply that Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee are actual and that, after yesterday’s leaks, Nintendo determined to register the domains earlier than another person did. It might additionally imply that the video games aren’t actual and somebody aside from Nintendo registered the domains both to attempt to promote the rumors extra or to one way or the other capitalize off of them their self (although each websites are presently simply clean pages). It’s additionally value noting that corporations typically register domains and logos that they don’t intend to truly use, so it’s attainable that the video games aren’t actual, however Nintendo needed to register the domains anyway to stop anybody else from registering them for the functions of creating fan video games with these names or one thing. It’s value stating, nevertheless, that Solar and Moon have been formally introduced the day after their web site’s area was registered, so if there’s any legitimacy to Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee, the proven fact that their domains have been registered just lately may imply an official announcement is coming very quickly.
So there you have got it. That’s all the info I might discover on the alleged video games Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee. So how are followers reacting to all this info? Properly, in numerous alternative ways. In fact, there are those that are all the time up for an additional journey to Kanto, together with individuals who stopped enjoying Pokémon video games after Gen I, those that got here again into the fold because of Pokémon GO and those that merely love the first Era greater than people who got here after. However there are numerous followers with loads of grievances as properly. Plenty of followers are apprehensive that a mainline recreation during which “Catching Pokémon works like in Go” will imply the dilution of the conventional battle system, changing it with the tap-fest that’s the battle system in Pokémon GO. Nevertheless, a extra doubtless state of affairs is that battling Pokémon will nonetheless work the similar, however the precise act of catching Pokémon will resemble Pokémon GO, with gamers utilizing the Change’s touchscreen to throw PokéBalls, or utilizing movement controls when the Change is docked. Additionally, if the leaked screenshot is correct, the mechanic of Pokémon showing in the overworld relatively than in random encounters appears to be one thing taken from GO. Some followers are extra open to those modifications, as encountering Pokémon in the overworld would possible reduce down on the quantity of grinding that’s inevitable with random encounters, which frequently results in progress being impeded. Nonetheless, there are people who merely don’t need Pokémon GO anyplace close to their most important collection video games.
There are additionally loads of followers who’re merely sick of the Kanto area. Era I passed off in Kanto; Gen II had a return to Kanto in the post-game; Gen III noticed Kanto once more in the Gen I remakes; Gen IV returned to Kanto in the Gen II remakes; Gen VI noticed loads of references to Kanto, together with the acquiring of a Kanto starter fairly early on in the recreation; Pokémon GO began off with solely Kanto Pokémon; Gen VII noticed much more Kanto references, with the participant character coming from Kanto, a fundamental character leaving for Kanto at the finish of the video games, the Kanto-themed Fitness center in Extremely Solar and Extremely Moon, the plethora of latest types for Kanto Pokémon and the incontrovertible fact that Giovanni is the chief of Staff Rainbow Rocket. There was SO MUCH KANTO, and numerous followers need to simply depart it behind already and transfer on with Gen VIII, or no less than Gen IV remakes. Nevertheless, if Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee are actual and truly act extra as re-imaginings of or sequels to Yellow with a brand new story and even a brand new model of Kanto, perhaps will probably be extra recent than lots of people assume.
No matter how individuals really feel about the video games, as of proper now they’re nonetheless solely rumors, and although the web has appeared to collectively determine that they’re extra reputable than most different Pokémon Change rumors, there are many causes to stay skeptical. All these leaks might simply be completely fabricated by supposed leakers on the lookout for consideration. The brand new consideration being showered upon Eevee could possibly be as a consequence of the incontrovertible fact that Eevee is and all the time has been a extremely popular Pokémon. The registering of domains might simply be Nintendo defending their copyright on Pokémon with no precise intent on utilizing these names for video games. The entire thing is fairly up in the air proper now. Till we get an official announcement from Nintendo, Recreation Freak or The Pokémon Firm, the solely official info is that there shall be a Pokémon recreation for the Change and it’s going to come out in 2018 or later.