The Nintendo Switch sequel to the 3DS’s Detective Pikachu game is ‘nearing release’ according to a developer working on it.
As reported by Nintendo Life, senior game programmer at developer Creatures Inc. Jonathan Murphy mentions Detective Pikachu 2 on his LinkedIn page.
Describing his current job position, Murphy said he “worked on one unannounced project and one nearing release, Detective Pikachu 2”.
Although just a small update, it’s pretty much all we’ve heard about the game since it was first announced in 2019. The Pokémon Company confirmed at the time that it wouldn’t just be a port or re-release of the original 3DS game but its own, fully-fledged sequel.
Not to be confused with the hit film, but essentially following the same story, Detective Pikachu is a cinematic adventure game that follows protagonist Tim on a journey to find his father in Ryme City. Players travel around solving crimes, meeting trainers and Pokémon from all generations as they go.
It’s definitely one of the more unique takes in the series, featuring a loud-mouthed talking Pikachu instead of the usual cute and calm version. The Pokémon Company has continued to break expectations of what a Pokémon game can be though, most recently doing so with the release of Legends: Arceus.
In our 8/10 review of the 3DS game, IGN said: “Detective Pikachu gives great insight into the world of Pokémon through its fun mysteries and wonderful coffee-loving lead.”
Screens – Detective Pikachu
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.