I was initially waiting until the end of the week to comment on this rumor / leak, but news that arrived just now warrants a news post. I’ll first give a recap if you are unaware of the supposed upcoming set of Pokemon games.
Yesterday information surfaced that the new Pokemon game for Switch would be called Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu and would also have a second version called Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee. This essentially would be a full reimagining of Pokemon Yellow in 3D meaning it will likely focus heavily on generation 1 Pokemon with starters being either Pikachu or Eevee depending on what version you chose. Leakers claim the game will also link up with Pokemon GO, something Nintendo had planned to do previously with a 3DS Pokemon title, but it never panned out. It will even apparently be taking some pages from Pokemon GO itself, using a catching system that is very similar.
Now onto the actual news, which is the confirmed fact that PokemonLetsGoPikachu.com and PokemonLetsGoEevee.com have been registered as domains by CSC Digital Brand Services. You may be thinking, wait a second that isn’t Nintendo!? However, this is a company typically only deals with other companies when they are looking to register domains and have even worked with Nintendo before, registering the Nintendo.com domain for them.
This means we are about as close as were are going to get to an official announcement unless there is an even bigger leak with believable footage or screenshots. There is always the possibility that this company registered these domains as a precaution for Nintendo based on all the leak buzz without even knowing if it was a real game, but that seems unlikely as I would assume they would have been in contact Nintendo first before doing this.
Rumor also has it that the game will be revealed this month before E3 too so we might be in for a nice surprise sometime soon. Given the size of the brand and the fact that The Pokemon Company is a separate entity, joint owned by multiple companies, it makes sense that all owning parties would agree to do a separate reveal event to give it all the focus it needs rather than competing for coverage with other Nintendo titles. There have been Pokemon Directs in the past too so it should be no surprise to see such a stream event happen.
We’ll keep an eye out for more leaks and hopefully some official news too so stay tuned.