Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! are just over a month away, with fans on the brink of being transported back to the nostalgic region of Kanto once again - the land first introduced in Pokémon Red and Blue and Pokémon Yellow (from which these new games are heavily inspired). As it turns out, a sequel which would see the series move on to the franchise's second generation in years to come is definitely a possibility.
Of course, we've seen multiple remakes in the past, with Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen reimaging the first set of games originally, and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver taking on the next generation not too long after. With the new Let's Go games technically acting as the second remake for those original games, would it really be that much of a stretch to make more reimaginings for the rest of the series, too?
It appears that Junichi Masuda, Game Freak's executive director, would be open to the idea the Let's Go series moving on to the second generation if the first entry is received well. This intriguing little nugget of information actually comes from a recent interview with Eurogamer, where he was originally asked why Pokémon which are related to Kanto 'mon through evolution (such as Jigglypuff's baby, Igglybuff) won't be appearing in the upcoming games.
Masuda: "So, kind of at the basis of it you know is that in the first generation there aren't any Pokémon Eggs, so you know, when we thought about how would these Pokémon be hatched in the first place, it kind of didn't make any sense. But also you know we wanted to spend more time and put more effort into making the Kanto Pokémon, the original 151, as well made as possible, and expressing them as well as we could."
When pressed for clarification on whether this indicates a potential sequel in Johto, Masuda simply said:
"So you know maybe - if everyone enjoys playing these games [laughs]"
Would you like to see the Let's Go series continue alongside the more traditional games going forward? Do you think there's room for both series types to flourish side by side? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.