The Pokémon Company and Creatures Inc have said there may be room for more Detective Pikachu games.
In an interview with Famitsu, Creatures Inc managing director Hiroyuki Jinnai confirmed that the recently released sequel Detective Pikachu Returns was the final game in the storyline that started with 2016’s Detective Pikachu for the Nintendo 3DS.
But he said (via Google translate) that the team isn’t ruling out the possibility of a spin-off. “This concludes the story of Jinnai Tim, Pikachu, and Harry. However, all the staff also love the talking old man Pikachu, so maybe there will be a different development from the main story?”
Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara then added: “I can’t make any promises at this point, but if Detective Pikachu Returns is well received and there is a great demand for it, there is room for a spin-off.”
Detective Pikachu Returns was released earlier this month for Nintendo Switch. VGC’s Detective Pikachu Returns review called it “an enjoyable, if incredibly simple” introduction into the mystery genre for young players.
“Older fans of Pokémon will get a kick out of interacting with the dozens of Pocket Monsters littered around the city, but mechanically, there’s not much here for them. If anything, the game is a testament to how rock-solid the world of Pokémon is and how fertile the ground if for The Pokémon Company to explore more spin-offs. Pokémon cosy farming game, anyone?”