Earlier this week, The Pokémon Company confirmed that it would be holding a special press conference in Tokyo. The event was to be used as a platform to reveal several new projects in the pipeline for Pokéfans the world over, one of which has turned out to be none other than a Detective Pikachu sequel.
If the announcement presents itself as a little premature – what with the summer blockbuster movie having only just released – that’s because this latest project isn’t a film, but a video game. As confirmed by none other than The Pokémon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, this particular iteration of the now-famous series is intended to be a direct follow-up to the 3DS game of the same name released in 2016.
Narrative differences between the game and film are plenty, though both follow the story of Tim Goodman and his fellow talking Pikachu companion as they attempt to uncover the whereabouts of the former’s father. Unlike the live-action adaptation, however, the original story never provided a conclusive ending to that mystery. A loose end that developer Creatures Inc. intends to resolve in the near future.
Can’t wait to keep sleuthing with #DetectivePikachu? Plans are under way to bring this crime-solving Pikachu to Nintendo Switch!
The details of this game are still a mystery…so keep checking back here for more clues. ?⚡️ pic.twitter.com/286PFCGYaR
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 29, 2019
In regards to what fans can expect of the sequel, that’s a case requiring closure in itself. “The details of this game are still a mystery…so keep checking back here for more clues,” reads the above Tweet, which declines to provide even a vague date for when more details are to be provided. It’s worth noting, however, that with E3 just around the corner, there’s every chance the sequel will show up there in some form or fashion.
Either way, we look forward to enjoying further adventures alongside Detective Pikachu in the future. Will The Pokémon Company be able to rope Ryan Reynolds into lending his voice to the caffeine-crazed mouse once again, though? Fingers crossed that’s the case.