You may know that Detective Pikachu was a surprisingly high-budget movie with Ryan Reynolds, a lot of CGI, and that uncomfortable scene with a Mr Mime, but you may not have known that it was a spin-off of a 3DS game, because it didn't sell massively well — at least, not in comparison to its bigger older sibling, the Pokémon series.
But there's a sequel in production, aiming for a Nintendo Switch release, that's been going since at least 2019. You might be wondering what happened to it — did it get shuffled quietly off into the shadows after the movie came out? — but it turns out that the game is still in development, it's just been quiet.
In a Japanese interview on Creatures' website — the development studio behind the game — one of the programmers on the team, credited only as K.T., spoke about making Creatures a better company through his work.
Within this interview is a crucial quote (translation via Google Translate, original Japanese below):
"I am in charge of programming around drawing in the project related to the sequel to "Detective Pikachu", and at the Environment Development Office, I am creating a mechanism that will be the basis for future game production in general. If you liken a project to cooking, it's our job to create a pressure cooker to complete it in a short time and deliciously."
Hooray! Confirmation that Detective Pikachu 2 is still in development!
The Detective Pikachu games differ from the plot of the movie, and the first game ended in a cliffhanger that promised to segue into the plot of the second. In the movie, Ryan Reynolds plays Detective Pikachu, and is restored to human form at the end.
If you missed out on the first Detective Pikachu, you can download it from the 3DS eShop or pick up a physical copy from eBay, if you don't mind spending an extra 30 bucks.
[source recruit.creatures.co.jp, via reddit.com]
But what about Pokemon Sleep...
@Fizza Pokemon Sleep was the difficulty of SwSh
I liked the first game. The voice acting of the human characters was pretty bad, but the actual gameplay was enjoyable enough. This sequel probably won't see a release until 2024 at earliest with how they're describing it.
damn it.. I thought the you guys were talking about the movies sequel
That's great to know, but they could've at least ported the original to the Switch while working on the sequel to prop it up and make the wait more bearable lol
Guess any games related to Detective Pikachu just have to take at least 5 years from annoucement to come out. Lol
Still in development, just like Pokémon Sleep and Pokémon GO Plus+.
@fighting_game_player LOL, I thought it was about the movie first. I'm happy the article was about the game. The first one was quite lovely (I rate it a 7/10).
Assuming this is gonna be sundays announcement now, or they’re gonna be weird and announce gen 9 Sunday.
Pokemon Blast and Pokemon Boom are the next 2 entries. You heard it here first people.
Or how boring the mid game of BDSP was.
Ugh I thought this was for the film. No ofc not that was cancelled wasn't it and instead we're just getting a sequel to a mediocre 3DS game.
Sorry the news that the film was cancelled still tastes bitter to me today. I loved the first film and after Sonic 2 was announced I was hopeful for Detective Pikachu 2 but alas it wasn't meant to be
I might be wrong, but from the full text I get the impression that he's saying they were making an engine to make games LIKE Detective Pikachu 2, and that engine is done. The next part is about how turn around time on new games should be faster now.
There isn't a direct one for one confirmation "and the game we are going to make with it is still Detective Pikachu 2", but it's a reasonable assumption given Creatures Inc. is connected to TPC and whatever game they do make will be a Pokémon IP. Plus the ending of the first game really left things incomplete.
But given the movie told us why that Pikachu could communicate AND reversed it at the end, maybe the delay was in deciding if they should give the next game a new lead while continuing the same story as to not confuse people who only saw the movie and did not play the first game. Given the movie's 300M world wide box office and the switch craze against the moderate success of the game ... that honestly may be the vast majority of people who pick up a sequel.
Detective Mimikyu anyone?
Honestly, I completely forgot that this game, was a thing in development. I thoroughly enjoyed the Detective Pikachu movie though.
People are still complaining about Sword and Shield now? you know when I left this website last year I thought people had moved on from that, I decide to come back and nope people are still going on about them :/
I enjoyed the 3DS game. It isn't the best title on the system by any means, but there was some fun gameplay involved. Though ut was understandably easy and doesn't lend itself to much replayability.
Nintendo, 2018: Why did this spinoff title released on the 3DS over a year into the Switch's life have disappointing sales? Too tough to figure that one out. Oh well. Now how are the 3DS Mario & Luigi and Warioware games coming along?
Given how the facial animations worked in the first game, COVID had to have hit this game's development like a truck.
Fully expecting to see Prime 4 released before this
the original 3DS game was far better than the movie
Wasn't there talk of porting the first one to the Switch as well? Or did I just make that up?
I only played the demo but. It was pretty easy to forget it even was a thing, plus they didn't even bother porting the first one to the switch.
the first one was such a snore fest
I've been wondering that just this past week
Good to know, I guess
@JakedaArbok Or how boring BDSP was for the whole game. I’ve been a Pokémon apologist for a long time, but I can’t justify anything with that game.
I loved the first game very much, I had a blast playing through it! I been so hyped for the sequel ever since it was announced back in 2016 so I am very happy to know that it hasn't been quietly cancelled. I am looking forward for this game!
A wise man once said...
I would be somewhat excited if we were gonna get a synchronous release between a potential game with a potential movie.
Just got the Amiibo for Christmas. Can't wait!
What's even going on with this series lol, we got a game at 2016, a movie in 2019, and a promise for a game sequel nearly 5-6 years in the making. Im sure there are delays but I find the approach really bizarre
Didn't play the first one, is the movie the same plot as the first game?
And so is pikmin 4
Didn’t he also say paper Mario didn’t need original characters or a story.
The Mr. Mime scene didn't make me uncomfortable, the ditto scene did. Not a fan of the movie.
@blindsquarel not all wise men are smart lol
I thought they were porting the original game to Switch. Didn't realise a sequel was in development!
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