Rumors: Pokémon Switch Getting 2 Versions & Retro Had 2 Games In Development
Before the Nintendo Switch launched one of the more prominent people offering up rumors was Emily Rogers. She has been right on some things in the past, including the existence of Mario + Rabbids. In her latest blog post she expounds on the virtues of Pokémon Go and she wonders if something like a Pokémon Go Plus accessory or smartphone app might work with the upcoming Switch games. As for the Switch Pokémon she states:
As we wait for an announcement on the upcoming Pokémon title, which will be revealed before the end of this month, think about what Pokémon Go might mean for the future of the Pokémon series. I suspect that the naming/branding for this year’s Pokémon Switch title (there’s two versions) might raise a few eyebrows.
So, we only have 15 days left to find out if her sources are correct since she states the new game will be revealed this month. The two versions isn’t too much of a surprise, but she does think the names will cause a stir.
As for the rumored Star Fox: Grand Prix rumor, she seems to think it could be the real deal. However, she also thinks two separate games were in development at Retro, but one of them kept hitting snags and may have even been canned.
But here’s what I didn’t realize back in 2016: the possibility of one of their projects being in development hell. Both Game Informer and Kotaku reported yesterday that one of Retro’s projects (not the rumored ‘Star Fox’) had a very troubled development and could even possibly be cancelled. Even more interesting, a Linkedin profile of a Retro Studios employee confirms that Retro Studios had two projects in development.
This could potentially explain why Retro still hasn’t released a project in four years — and this may also explain why neither of their two projects released by holiday 2017.
Again, these are rumors at the moment, but it’s fun to speculate as we approach E3. Hopefully we’re in for something special!
[Source: Emily Rogers]
Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He’s currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.