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2021 is shaping up to be a year Pokémon fans will remember for a long time. Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are already gearing up to announce more 25th anniversary plans later this week, and reports suggest there'll be one or two video game reveals in this mix.
Earlier this week, multiple industry insiders confirmed that they fully expect the long-rumoured Pokémon Diamond & Pearl remakes to be announced in time for the series' anniversary on February 27... but it's now looking like these long-awaited titles aren't the only remakes in the works.
According to a leaker by the name of Dark Ho-Oh, The Pokémon Company is also gearing up to release a sequel to 2018's Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee set in the Johto region and featuring Gen 2 Pokémon. Well-known leaker KeliosFR also liked the below tweet, but has since stressed that he just liked the idea and wasn't necessarily endorsing the rumour.
Given that the Let's Go games were basically loose remakes of Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow, it stands to reason that any sequel(s) would follow the structure of Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal. If that means 16 Gyms and two regions to explore like in the originals, sign me the hell up.
While older fans balked at the way Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee offered a much more simplified take on the Pokémon formula, they're still among the best-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time. With just over 13 million copies worldwide sold between them as of December 20, a sequel is kind of a no-brainer. Let's Go Espeon & Umbreon, anybody?
Take this with a pinch of your finest Pokésalt for now. It's looking highly likely that we'll be seeing a special anniversary Pokémon Direct before Sunday, and we'll be sure to update you with all the big reveals as soon as we get them.
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