Details are slim, but this could be a huge deal for Chinese fans
The Pokémon Company is collaborating with Tencent to develop a game using the globally popular pocket monster franchise, according to an official blog post from the Chinese company on social media platform Weibo. Tencent TiMi Studio Group will be handling the majority of development, with support and guidance from The Pokémon Company.
The posts did not include a title or speculative release date for any project currently in development. Instead, the two companies announced their partnership. Given Tencent’s heavy investment in massive mobile games like PUBG Mobile, Arena of Valor and the recent Call of Duty adaptation, it’s fair to assume the fruit of this joining to be geared towards mobile devices.
China’s gaming market skews towards smartphones instead of consoles, and Tencent’s latest investments have attempted to find the same success beyond their country’s borders. Pokémon’s instant name recognition and strong brand presence could be their biggest chance at success, yet.
This is just the latest in a growing spate of mobile game announcements from The Pokémon Company. The ARG-focused Pokémon Go from Niantic continues to keep a large player base dedicated, and the reportedly gacha-style Pokémon Masters is coming this summer from Japanese mobile studio DeNA.
The sky’s the limit as to what genre this newest title will take would is coming this summer-be trainers. The Pokémon Company is allowing its mobile partners creative and structural freedom beyond what fans have come to expect from main series entries. Be sure to keep checking Autosave for updates as they happen.