Gamefreak and The Pokemon Company are on a roll, releasing new mainline Pokemon titles left and right. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were released towards the latter half of November, and as of writing this today, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is just about a month away until fans can get their hands on the game.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a semi-open-world roleplaying game which takes place in Ancient Sinnoh, which was known as the Hisui Region. Players play as either Rei or Akari, the male and female player characters, respectively, during a time in the Pokemon world where taming Pokemon is still a new concept, and traditional Pokemon mechanics are thrown out of the window.
What is the Next Pokemon Game to Release after Pokemon Legends: Arceus?
The Pokemon Company have always had a formula with their releases:
- Two mainline series games that act as counterparts.
- A third game which added new content.
- A remake of an old generation.
- A new generation.
Of course, this has not always been the case, just as we have seen with the releases of Pokemon mainline series games from Pokemon Sword and Shield onwards. But when we think about it, there have been two whole games after the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield that weren’t a new generation i.e. Generation 9.
Most people would speculate that it’s about time that The Pokemon Company now have the Generation 9 game as their next release; and if you’ve had this hunch as well, then there is a very good chance that you’re right.
@CentroLeaks, one of the most trusted and legitimate leakers in the Pokemon Community, a while back tweeted a couple of tweets regarding The Pokemon Company’s next release:
Here, Centro hints towards fans that just because people assume Pokemon Legends: Arceus DLC would be their next release in 2022 after the game itself, they shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Generation 9 coming out the same year as well.
Centro then goes on to claim that Generation 9 is knee-deep in development as of now and is planning for a late 2022 release, while mentioning that their plans for its actual release date could change at any time.
While the details are a little unclear, what we know for sure is that a mainline series game introducing the 9th Generation of Pokemon is most likely going to be the next major release for the Pokemon franchise.