Let’s weigh-in on some internet conspiracy theories – it’s been a while. Like many people, I’ve recently reached the end of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and whilst there appears to be a wealth of intriguing post-game content, my sights are now set on what other delights the Pokéverse can offer me in 2019. When can I get my next Pokémon game?!
Quite soonly, according to reports. Actually, I think Nintendo has already confirmed that the franchise’s next ‘pillar’ release will drop at some point this year, but apart from that very little is actually known about what the game might entail. Unless you believe the information that’s posted on Reddit, in which case you can happily bask in a pool of leaked goodness.
According to the rumours, the next Pokémon titles are going to be set within the United Kingdom (woo!) and titled Pokémon Crown and Pokémon Sceptre respectively. Now, whilst I agree that we should take what we read on the internet with copious pinches of sodium chloride, there is actually some tangible evidence to support these claims.
For a start, no less than two images from official sources have surfaced showing a chirpy Pikachu with a crown atop his noggin. And if that’s not proof then I don’t know what is. Here’s the smoking gun…
You will also notice that Pikachu is wielding a sceptre in the second photograph…
Now, it’s only when we get to the UK claim that things start to unravel slightly (in my opinion.) Eagle-eyed Pokémon trainers have set their sights on a mysterious calendar hanging on a wall in one of the houses of Let’s Go! which doesn’t appear to resemble any known landmass on planet Earth except a sideways United Kingdom.
Hmmm. Yes. I think the jury’s still out for me on this one. Although, as many people have pointed out, the crown is a widely recognised symbol of the British monarchy, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. Moreover, the Pokémon developers do have a history of burying Easter eggs within their games; in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, for example, there was a map hanging in a house that appeared to show many regions from previous Pokémon titles.
But what to make of all this? Well, I have to admit there’s a definite theme developing with everyone wearing crowns all of a sudden; I think the Pokémon trainers of Twitter could be onto something. As for the next Pokémon game’s location – and whether it could indeed be set in an environment similar to old Blighty – I think it’s too early to tell, but it’s definitely fun to speculate.
What do you think of these rumours? Are you convinced / excited? Or do you think we’ve journeyed too far down the rabbit hole? Let me know in the comments below.
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