Pokémon producer and CEO of the Pokémon Company, Tsunekazu Ishihara recently announced that a new Pokémon game starring everyone’s favourite electric rodent, Pikachu, is in development – and today the first details of that game have been shown.
Japanese TV channel NHK are to broadcast a behind-the-scenes program entitled “Professional Style Of Work” later this month, and a newly released snippet of the show has given us a first look at things to come.
Not much is shown in the short trailer, although the shot of someone holding a magnifying glass towards a 3D Pikachu in white space may indicate some sort of AR functionality, whatever this becomes. That scene also clearly shows a 3DS display, although if this is AR, I suspect it to be a companion to, or feature of, a wider product – perhaps a fully-fledged Wii U title?
The video also displays various shots of Pokémon paraphernalia from the ages – trading cards, plush toys and NFC figures. All of these, whilst interesting, are not nearly as note-worthy as the later look at a brad new motion-captured Pikachu, which is, quite frankly, terrifying.
Ishohara has previously said the game will put Pikachu front and centre, and is to feature a boy who takes on the world, using ‘playfulness’ as a weapon.
The NHK broadcast will mark the first time an in-development Pokémon title has been shown to the general public ahead of release.