When most people think of Japanese video game developer GameFreak, their mind tends to jump to one thing – Pokémon. The brain-child of Satoshi Tajiri has become the company’s main focus since Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Green Version launched in 1996. Since then, a few non-Pokémon games have surfaced, such as Drill Dozer and HarmoKnight, with games prior to Pokémon’s release including Pulseman and Mario & Yoshi. Currently, the company are working on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, which are due out globally on 12th October.
In a rather unexpected move, the developer’s website updated today with a new silhouetted image of what possibly looks like a dachshund , which was accompanied by the text, which according to www.serebii.net, reads “The well known game, played around the world, is about to be reborn thanks to a surprising collaboration”:
Without the text, most people would have assumed that it was merely a new Pokémon in Pokémon X and Y, but the text does make things even more interesting. This could mean a collaboration in regards to Pokémon X and Y, or it could mean that GameFreak are collaborating with another company to make a non-Pokémon game? (After all, following HarmoKnight, GameFreak did some internal restructuring to allow employees to work on pet projects and non-Pokémon titles alongside side the Pokémon series). It might be worth mentioning that CoroCoro Magazine in Japan has been teasing that their next issue will have the “Pokémon scoop of the century”.
Only time will tell.