Earlier this year, The Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara revealed that a role-playing Pokémon game was under development for Nintendo Switch. A brief clip of the announcement caused Nintendo’s stock price to jump as much as three percent in U.S. trading, as investors predicted that the new title will significantly boost console sales. Ishihara shared a few more details about the upcoming game, which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2018 or later. Here’s what Ishihara had to say regarding Pokémon Switch:
“With the Switch, we see it as a chance to create Pokémon that goes deeper and with a higher level of expression. As a result, that makes it an extremely important platform.”
“Right now we’re using 7 to 8 inch screens, but on a high-definition TV you can express a whole different world with graphics and sound.
“Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?
“I can’t say that we’ll release accessories, but I’d like to think of that possibility.
“Unlike smartphones, the Switch is not a game device that assumes that there’s constant network connectivity. So from our perspective, it’s really not that different from DS or 3DS in terms of connectivity.”