Less than a day after Pokemon Sun & Moon ‘s release (which I’m paying for with my exhaustion this morning, considering I was up at midnight getting my copy), we’ve heard a rumor that a third version of the game might be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Eurogamer reports that the new game is going by the codename Pokemon Stars – a fitting title considering the generation’s celestial motif – and that it is in development, targeting a 2017 release.
Several sources appear to corroborate the rumor, and a screen grab from Sun & Moon ‘s first teaser trailer shows what looks like a higher-fidelity model of woodpecker Pokemon Pikipek for just an instant. If Pokemon Stars is real, this would mark the first time a mainline Pokemon game has ever been released on a Nintendo home console. Rumors also indicate that it will be possible to trade creatures caught in Sun & Moon to Stars via the Pokemon Bank app.
On one hand, it’s frustrating to know that a third, “improved” version of Sun & Moon is already in the works so soon after the games’ release, but it’s a move that makes sense given Pokemon ‘s history. For now, I’ll focus on enjoying Sun, and I’ll probably be more open to Stars by the time its projected release date rolls around (this time next year).