Despite Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu / Let’s Go Eevee being a success, selling an approximate 11 million units worldwide, developer Game Freak has confirmed there are no plans to expand the Let’s Go catalog at the moment.
Eurogamer sat down with series producer Junichi Masuda and game director Shigeru Ohmori to chat about Pokemon Sword / Shield, the pressure fans put on the studio, and more. In the interview, Masuda was asked if Game Freak is considering making more Let’s Go-style Pokemon games following Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee’s success. It seems like more Pokemon remakes in that vein aren’t in Game Freak’s cards right now.
“So, at the moment there [are] no particular plans,” Masuda said. “But if the fans really like it then definitely keep those voices coming out to the Pokemon Company and Nintendo, and make sure we hear them! We wanna hear those comments!”
Game Freak currently has its hands full with Pokemon Sword and Shield, which launches on November 15 for Nintendo Switch. Unlike Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, Sword and Shield will not include Pokemon Go integration. “In Pokemon Sword and Shield there’s no direct communication with Pokemon Go,” Ohmori said. “But you’ll have seen the announcement for Pokemon Home, where there are plans to be able to send Pokemon from Pokemon Go, and take them around with you, so that’s something we do have.”
However, those who played Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee will receive a special bonus in Sword and Shield: Gigantamax versions of both title Pokemon, Pikachu and Eevee.
Pokemon Sword And Shield News
Game Freak recently responded to backlash regarding Sword and Shield’s smaller Pokedex, explaining that “for the overall game, focusing on creating the richest experience we could within that game, leaving the Pokedex as we did was the best solution overall.” Despite this, Game Freak assures that Sword and Shield are “comparable” in length to previous titles.