E3 2017: Core Pokémon RPG under development for Nintendo Switch

E3 2017 News: Core \'Pokemon\' RPG Under Development for Nintendo Switch

It’s official!, Nintendo is developing a core Pokémon RPG for the Switch.

Nintendo was a showstopper at this year’s E3, offering some of the biggest news in the entire event. One of them was the announcement that a mainline Pokémon game is in development for the company’s Switch platform. Game Freak, which has developed all the titles in the main Pokémon game franchise since 1996, will continue to serve as developer for the new Switch title. The Pokémon Company’s president and CEO, Tsunekazu Ishihara, delivered the good news at the Nintendo E3 presentation this week.

It’s still unclear whether the upcoming Switch Pokémon is also the rumored Pokémon Stars, which is reportedly part of the current Pokémon Sun and Moon 3DS game, or a new addition to the franchise. Regardless, the upcoming game will mark the first time in Pokémon history that a core title will be introduced to a console.

During the event, Nintendo said fans will have to wait for a year or more to get their hands on the new game. However, the company hopes for continued support for the augmented reality app Pokémon GO, which has been downloaded over 500 million times since its release.