Rumors about a Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake are starting to gather momentum. Could we see a remake of the iconic Pokemon titles later in 2020?
The rumors have been ignited by the surprise announcement of a January 9 Pokemon Direct. This caused the hashtag Sinnoh to trend, the region of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl games.
A quick search of anything related to the 2006 video games and the demand for a remade version of them quickly becomes apparent. With an announcement of the 2020 game yet to occur (that could change very soon), a Gen 4 remaster is clearly the most popular choice among fans.
Why could a Sinnoh remake be next?
There seems to be three options for what the next Pokemon game will be. Given Gen 8 was introduced to the series with Pokemon Sword and Shield, we can confidently rule out Gen 9 is coming any time soon.
Sword and Shield 2
We could, however, get another Sword and Shield game, something that expands on Galar's story but this too isn't overly likely – unless it was a massive monumental addition such as a reversal of the National Pokedex or an entirely new region, such as a return to Kalos. After all, the stars seemed to align for a return to the Pokemon X and Y region in the build up to Sword and Shield.
With that being said, though, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon did come out a year after the originals did. These were enhanced versions of Sun and Moon, bringing an alternative storyline and various new gameplay features.
-suspicious train on world map
-UK and france are close geographically
-kalos has a lot of open ends which need explaining
-masuda said there'd be a big postgame
Yep, its Kalos time
— pual #PokemonRumbleHive (@Pualitics) July 8, 2019
Let's Go Gold and Silver
Then there is the second most likely option – Pokemon Let's Go 2. This could be titled a number of different ways, such as Let's Go Johto, Let's Go Gold and Silver or even something far-fetched like Let's Go Lugia/Ho-oh.
Regardless, a second Let's Go game seems an inevitability at this point. However, 2020 may be a year too soon for the game that turned out to be hugely popular. Two years may not be enough time for trainers to get excited about another rendition of it.
An easter egg in the original version also suggested that a sequel would be two to three years away, which would mean a 2021 or 2022 release.
Return to Gen 4
That brings us to the most likely option for the 2020 Pokemon game - the long awaited Pokemon Diamond and Pearl remake. The last 're-imagining' of a previous game came in 2014 with the remakes of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire.
This shows a remake is well overdue with there, currently, being nearly six years since Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were released. The more powerful Nintendo Switch will be able to do wonders in comparison to the Nintendo DS that it was originally released on.
The January 9 Pokemon Direct may have come a little too soon for the new game announcement but if it does get teased in some way then expect the news of a Sinnoh remake to be met with glee among Pokemon fans.