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Speaking with IGN, Pokemon producer Junichi Masuda vaguely discussed how Game Freak approaches future Pokemon games. He explained that what is and isn’t kept “may depend somewhat on the timing of when that game will come out.” For instance, while Pokemon Sun/Moon did away with gyms since it was the second generation entry on 3DS, Pokemon Sword/Shield is the true debut on Switch, which is why gyms are back.

Masuda also confirmed that new-generation Pokemon titles “have about a three-year development cycle”. The developers need to think about what the future will be like in three years’ time, including what fans would be interested in when the games release.

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Build-A-Bear has expanded its Pokemon range once again with its latest edition. The retailer has revealed Pichu, who will be joining the likes of Charmander, Meowth, Snorlax, and more.

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It’s no secret that the Pokemon franchise has a ton of different creatures. We’re just about ready to enter the series’ eighth generation, and over 800 designs currently exist.

As noted in the latest issue of Game Informer, the whole process kicks off with a relatively simple request to an artist involving “a concept of a Pokemon for a particular scenario” or “a specific direction for a new creature.” That artist will then make “quick sketches with few details, which are shown to the team requesting to see if they’re heading in the correct direction.” Feedback provided will lead to several iterations of the design, “with the gaps getting longer and longer each time as the artist adds more detail with each iteration.”

Two new characters have been revealed for the upcoming next season of the Pokemon anime series. Professor Sakuragi is the head of the Sakuragi Research Institute in Vermillion City, which will serve as the hub for Ash as he travels around the Pokemon world in the new series. There’s also 10 year-old Koharu, Professor Sakuragi’s daughter. She has a Yamper and is a childhood friend of Gou, the other main character besides Ash in this new series.

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Pokemon has long been known as a handheld-only series. Thanks to the hybrid nature of Switch, that’s finally starting to change. Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee got things started last year and allowed fans to experience the games on an actual television. Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield are continuing the trend on Switch and will mark an entirely new generation that can be played on the big screen.

In the latest issue of Game Informer, producer Junichi Masuda was asked why it took so long for a Pokemon console game. He first noted the importance of maintaining an open experience in which players can connect with others in real-life, explaining:

Game Informer is continuing its coverage of Pokemon Sword/Shield with a new off-beat video. Below, Pokemon Sword/Shield producer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori answer 101 rapid-fire questions, many of which are about the upcoming Switch titles.

The Pokemon Company has come forward with the first trailer and details for the new Pokemon anime series, which will be called “Pokemon Monsters” in Japan.

In the latest series, Ash will return in a journey around the Pokemon world. It will also feature a new trainer called Go, who has a partner Scorbunny. His goal is to obtain the Mythical Pokemon Mew and to catch all Pokemon.

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A poster for the new Pokemon anime series has popped up on Japanese message boards. Although not from an official source, it definitely looks legit. Other details about this new series had also previously leaked online. The official reveal of the new series is this Sunday, so we should know for sure by then. As you can see, the poster shows Ash and Pikachu, as well as a new male character and Scorbunny. Also featured in the background are several other Pokemon and iconic landmarks from the Pokemon world, as this series is set to take place in all regions of the Pokemon world, in addition to the new region of Galar. The series is set to start on November 17 in Japan.

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Build-A-Bear has revealed Snorlax as the latest Pokemon to be receiving a plushie. It’s out now, with the online bundle costing $57.

Here’s some information about the product as well as some photos:

Game Freak uploaded a video this week with Shigeki Morimoto, the original designer for Mew. While it’s unfortunately only in Japanese at present, Siliconera translated some of the more notable tidbits.

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