A call for developers, from the Japanese studio Game Freak, has been posted to the website Indeed. Game Freak is the studio behind the main Pokemon series. Now they’re looking for talent to help them with an unidentified new game on the Switch.
What kind of new game? Well, one of the job postings is for a “new title character modeler” to create “deformed toon-like person, monster, item models.” The second posting asks for a character designer, and it offers “an opportunity to be involved in the development of a worldwide popular RPG.” How many properties does Game Freak have that are globally popular? I don’t think they’re talking about Smart Ball from the SNES.
As if to silence all doubt, Game Freak adds that these new employees will be joining a well-seasoned veteran team who has been working on the unnamed series for ages. “Since it is a title that has been released for a long time, the development environment is also very well set.” Wonder what it could be.
Last fall, Pokemon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara said they were “rethinking their strategy” in the wake of the Switch’s impending launch. Traditionally Pokemon has been a handheld-only series, but the Switch is part-handheld itself. “Pokemon has been about being portable, but now there is the Switch, which is a portable home console, so it has a bigger screen and higher specs than we’re used to. Apart from main games, we make stuff like Pokkén [Tournament] and [Pokémon Mystery] Dungeon, so I am thinking we should make games that suit the Switch, but at this time I cannot confirm any projects.”
The job postings heavily hint that the console version of Pokemon everyone has wanted for so long is about to become a reality, but we can’t say for certain. Game Freak’s most recent release was last fall’s Pokemon Sun and Moon for 3DS.