E3 2018 will be the place where Nintendo lift the lid on the Pokemon Switch, which is reported to have a 2018 release date.
While the Japanese games giant is still coy on revealing news on their next big launch, there are hints that something big is coming.
First of all, if the rumours of the 2018 release are to be believed, E3 2018 will be the place news will have to drop.
To skip it would likely mean that the game wouldn’t be ready for this year, and maybe not until later in 2019.
But all the latest info seems to point to E3 2018 being the time for the big reveal.
Nintendo recently updated their official Switch site with a page dedicated to Pokemon.
This can be found on the Nintendo Store page, although it doesn’t contain any earth-shattering news.
What it does mean is that Nintendo are probably gearing up for a deluge of new details they’re going to release next month.
The one interesting thing that is listed on the new Pokemon Switch page is the offer to sign up your email address.
“Enter your email below to register your interest in our pending title Pokémon on Nintendo Switch and be the first to hear from us about how to pre-order and about other exciting new Nintendo products, services, promotions and events that might be of interest,” the page reads.
Fans have had to rely on rumours and reports up until this point, with some more believable than others.
The most recent shock media reports include the news that Nintendo are planning to release a reimagining of Pokemon Yellow.
These will be split into two versions; Pokémon Let’s Go! Eevee Edition and Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu Edition.
The most recent reports surfacing this week feed directly into these rumours, and provide them with a lot more credence.
This includes the claims that the new Pokemon Switch games will only include Pocket Monsters from the original Kanto region.
This has been sourced from the same person who posted news about the name of the new game, so it should be taken with a pinch of salt.
There have also been rumours that Nintendo are looking to add more Pokemon Go-like features to the game.
While other reports suggest that this will include changes to how battling will work, other media sources suggest that this isn’t quite the case.
While Nintendo are tweaking how the game works, the Pokemon Go aspect of this will be limited to Pocket Monsters appearing on the map, instead of the usual blind random encounters.
It will certainly still be a change from the usual Game Freak gameplay, but not something that will rob the series of its more complex battle system.
It should be noted that Nintendo themselves have released very little on the subject, so it’s worth taking everything with a pinch of salt.
This should all change next month, however, with the LA expo gearing up to be a very exciting time for Switch fans.