This year’s big new Pokémon game will be a remake of the Sinnoh era DS titles, which rumours suggest will not be like Pokémon: Let’s Go.
With the Pokémon 25th anniversary celebrations about to begin, and a release date given to New Pokémon Snap, speculation has already been rife on whether this year will see the release of a new remake.
The Pokémon Company always tries to have a big new game out at Christmas and when that’s not a new mainline entry it tends to be a remake, so many fans have already guessed this year might see a return for 2006’s Diamond and Pearl – since it’s next in line in the series.
Spanish fan site Centro Pokémon though, claims to have sources that have confirmed the news and who say that the remakes will be announced during 25th anniversary celebrations in February.
Their only real proof is that the URL diamondpearl.pokemon.com has been registered, although at the moment all it does is throw up an error page. The URL legends.pokemon.com has also been registered and may be related.
So while the rumour is very believable, that’s partly because it would be very easy to just make it up completely and still end up being right because it’s such an easy guess.
For what it’s worth though Centro Pokémon claim that the game will not feature the Pokémon Go inspired catching mechanics from 2018’s Pokémon: Let’s Go!
Let’s Go was a remake of the very first Pokémon games but that was something of a special case and it’s assumed that if there is a remake of Diamond and Pearl it would be use the tech of the most recent mainline entry, i.e. Sword and Shield.
That’s what happened with Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire when they were released for the 3DS in 2014, with Ruby and Sapphire being the last games in the series prior to Diamond and Pearl.
Other reliable leakers have also claimed that Diamond and Pearl will be out this year, with Kelios also claiming that the game will not follow the format of Let’s Go, after having been proven right about the dates of Nintendo Directs in the past.
Despite the lack of evidence both sources have proven reliable before and what they’re saying is very easy to believe. Since the 25th anniversary is on February 27 it also shouldn’t be long until we find out for sure.
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