The Pokémon Company is expected to announce new games this week, as the series celebrates its 25th anniversary on February 27.
According to sources cited by fan site Centro Pokémon last month, remakes of Nintendo DS games Diamond and Pearl are part of this year’s release plans. The publication recently reiterated its claims on Twitter, that it expected the games to be announced before the 27th (this weekend).
Potentially lending weight to the report was the discovery that a diamondpearl.pokemon.com domain had been enabled, before being swiftly taken offline last month.
Mainline Pokémon instalments Red & Blue, Gold & Silver, and Sapphire & Ruby have all been remade, so fourth generation Diamond & Pearl is theoretically next in line for the same treatment.
On DS, Diamond & Pearl introduced internet play over the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, several changes to the core battle mechanics and the addition of over 100 new Pokémon.
The games take place in the fictional region of Sinnoh, an island based on the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, characterised by its large, snow-covered mountains.
Last November, The Pokémon Company began teasing plans for a “very special upcoming celebration of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary in 2021”.
As revealed on an anniversary website last month, The Pokémon Company will be collaborating with singer Katy Perry, releasing special merchandise, and reprinting classic Pokémon cards.