DeNA and The Pokemon Company are working together on the next Pokemon mobile game. This information comes as a result of DeNA's recent investor briefing where it was made clear that the partnership had been fully agreed and that a speculative March 2020 release date had been pigeonholed for the project.
This isn't the first time that DeNA have worked with Nintendo, they handled development of most of the larger Nintendo mobile properties: Miitomo, Super Mario Run, Fire Emblem Heroes, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. They're also attached to the Mario Kart Tour project, which we're all very excited about.
The source of the information, tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki, added that Pokemon Co. doesn't have the same pricing philosophy as Nintendo. In a posted quote it was stated that Nintendo follow the belief that a lower point of entry will minimize any backlash from consumers, thus preserving the brand. The Pokemon Company and DeNA's pricing intents appear to be starkly different, with the CEO of DeNA stating that they are 'counting on' revenue from the upcoming game.
What could a new Pokemon game look like on mobile? While many would prefer a more traditional adventure title for handsets, Nintendo are unlikely to move core series outings away from their own platforms. Personally I'm hoping that the team will use their experience with the Fire Emblem franchise to create an experience which is close to 2012's Pokemon Conquest game.
- Of course we reviewed Pokemon Conquest when it launched! We declared 'More Pokemon spin-off delight as Pokemon Conquest proves an entirely enjoyable ordeal' and awarded the strategy game a Silver Rating.
Regardless of what form the title takes, we have little to go on outside of speculation at the moment. We'll be keeping our eyes peeled for updates, however, so it is well worth checking back with us as more information becomes available.Looking for the latest news on upcoming games? We have a section for that.