With November 2016 comes the release of Nintendo and Gamefreak’s much-awaited Pokémon Sun and Moon which is quite a departure from the series’ original foundation and is currently rated as one of the best games in the series – is now rumoured to have a probable third title in the series that’s going to be specially made for Nintendo’s upcoming hybrid console – the Switch, and is codenamed Pokémon Stars. Sources tell Eurogamer that a new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon will be released for the Nintendo Switch which will be out in 2017 and likely that the game will be released next year at around the same launch window as Sun and Moon did this year.
Pokémon Stars is the First Pokémon Game to be a Third Instalment of a Particular Generation to be Developed for a Different Console
Like all third titles in a Pokémon series of games, Pokémon Stars is going to be an expansion to Sun and Moon similar to Red and Blue comes Yellow, Ruby and Sapphire comes Emerald, Diamond and Pearl comes Platinum and so on. According to Eurogamer Pokémon Stars is already well into development and that it was developed by Gamefreak alongside Pokémon Sun and Moon but is partially halted to focus on Sun and Moon’s final phases of development but now that Sun and Moon are out, development on Stars is now resumed and is going full force to push for a 2017 release. Nintendo and Gamefreak refuse to give out any details regarding the rumors but with players noticing the higher than usual resolution for the Pokémon in-game models in Sun and Moon, it’s hard not to think that these models are purposely made high resolution so that it’s ready for the third title on a much powerful platform.
In terms of differences, the third game in is expected to be still set in the same Alola region which has always been the case for all third games in the series for the Pokémon franchise and will feature slight changes but very noticeable to emphasize the expansion’s purpose in the series, but it’s likely that changes will be more drastic as it’s now running on different hardware. Stars will feature the same art style but now with higher resolution assets as it will be running on the much powerful Switch. Sources also add that Pokémon transfer from Sun and Moon will be possible via the Pokémon Bank service. The game will likely address the shortcomings of the first two titles in the series such as performance dips on 3DS devices that isn’t as capable as the “New 3DS” series.
Pokémon Stars being developed for the Switch shows that Nintendo is putting much effort into pushing through with their “breakthrough” device – that Nintendo is putting all their money on this device and is going to be taking the launch of the upcoming console very seriously.
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