In an interview with IGN, Game Freak director Shigero Ohmori all but confirmed that the no further mainline Pokemon games will be developed for Nintendo’s handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS.
Ohmori explained that the company had continuously pushed the 3DS to its limits, “When we were making Pokemon X and Y, we really were trying to push the 3DS system to its absolute limits – which is what we thought we’d done. But when Sun and Moon came around, we completely redesigned the system, and actually ended up pushing the 3DS even further to what we thought was the most we could draw out of it.”
This process of incremental improvements seem to have come to and end with the next installment of Game Freak’s marquee series, set to be released on November 17. “With Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon,” Ohmori explained, “we’ve tried to eke that out more and really, really push the system to its absolute limits, and we’re now feeling that perhaps this is the maximum of what we can get out. So we’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.”
It was announced earlier this year, at E3, that a mainline RPG Pokemon game for Nintendo’s new hybrid gaming system, Nintendo Switch, was in the works.
The director for Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon, Kazuma Iwao, explained that the 80-member development team was a “comparatively young team”. This was half the size of Sun and Moon’s development team.
Iwao and Ohmori were tight lipped about what the rest of the staff were working on, but one can assume that they would be working on the upcoming Switch title.
Original Reporting: IGN