Exactly one month remains before the next generation of Pokemon games begins with the debut of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Anticipation is high, so much so that the internet has been abuzz over single Pokemon reveals like Sirfetch’d and Galarian Ponyta. The fans are hungry for any and all news that they can get, and it’s looking like more news is less than a day away.
This year, Game Freak, the studio that created the franchise, turned 30. That’s a pretty huge milestone for any studio, but especially for one that has helped shaped modern gaming culture in no small way. To celebrate the occasion, the studio will be hosting a special 30th anniversary livestream tomorrow at 7:00 AM PST.
According to the teaser announcement on its website, the stream will star studio director, composer, programmer, and founding member Junichi Masuda, who will look back on Game Freak’s decades of history and discuss how it got to where it is today. Beyond that, the livestream will reveal information on Game Freak’s upcoming projects, including its non-Pokemon titles, the RPG Little Town Hero and puzzle-platformer Giga Wrecker Alt, as well as its “Gear Project” game development system.
Interestingly, though, there was no mention whatsoever of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Perhaps this was done to remind people that Game Freak, while well known as the maker of Pokemon games, does develop other games too. Which, to be fair, is something that can be easy to forget when its Pokemon titles are hogging all the hype. Then again, it’s possible that with the immense anticipation for Sword and Shield, Game Freak didn’t feel the need to mention it, because it’s a given that they will be shown in some form or other.
If, however, the lack of explicit Pokemon mentions is leaving anyone worried that Game Freak’s most anticipated titles will be a no-show at the livestream, they can rest easy. The official Pokemon franchise has been hyping up the livestream as well, and it certainly helps that the livestream video itself currently sports a charming illustration of Pikachu wearing a studio t-shirt. The likelihood of the games not making an appearance is pretty much nonexistent.
The only real mystery at this point is what Game Freak will show of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Will it just be more Pokemon reveals? Maybe a new section of the Galar region? Post-game content? Shiny Pokemon? We won’t know for sure until the livestream takes place tomorrow, October 16, at 7:00 AM PST, so fans should set their alarms accordingly.
Pokemon Sword and Shield will be out for the Nintendo Switch on November 15.