Pokemon RPG confirmed for 2019 on Switch; Pokemon Quest out now

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We don’t know a lot about Nintendo’s upcoming Pokemon RPG for the Switch, but we do know that it’s coming in 2019 and is part of the “core” series. In other words, expect something more along the lines of X and Y rather than some of the Pokemon spin-offs.

Unfortunately, that’s really all we know for now. Nintendo and developer Game Freak are being tight-lipped ahead of E3. Expect to hear more news on the yet-to-be-named Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch at next month’s trade show.

And in other Pokemon news, Nintendo just released a spin-off called Pokemon Quest, which the company is calling a “free-to-start” game on the Switch. Pokemon Quest will also be released on smartphones at a later date.

As Polygon describes it:

The action game takes place in a world called Tumblecube Island, where voxel-style Pokémon roam for treasure, food and friendly fights. There are base camps that players can customize and build, which help them attract new Pokémon to add to their team. From there, trainers take a set of three monsters to battle, albeit not using the familiar turn-based combat of other Pokémon RPGs. Instead, Pokémon Quest limits players’ control of their Pokémon to tapping attack meters once they’re full. Otherwise, the Pokémon go at it on their own.

Needless to say, this probably will not satisfy a lot of Pokemon fans. But the good news is that this is not the Pokemon RPG for Switch that Nintendo promises is coming eventually. You can check out some gameplay from Pokemon Quest below:

And just for fun, here’s the Japanese trailer: