Game Freak begins hiring for next Pokémon game

The more people that work on the project, the quicker it'll be released, right?

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Game Freak said it’s looking to expand its development team to create a new entry in the mainline Pokémon game series.

The company promoted its search for new “core members” on Twitter. The post says that Game Freak is looking to hire 23 new employees from all types of different backgrounds, including programmers, planners, and artists.

Pokémon Sword and Shield were released late last year to critical acclaim and great commercial success. This week, the game will be launching its first expansion named The Isle of Armor.

With the release of this expansion, the dev team will be moving on to finishing off the second piece of DLC, The Crown Tundra, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.

Beyond 2020, however, it seems like Game Freak will be quick on the uptake of its next Pokémon project. No specific details about this Pokémon game were posted alongside the job advertisement, but it’s reported to be a game from the “core series” and not any kind of spin-off.

This upcoming Pokémon project will likely be released on the same console as its predecessor. The Switch console is still relatively early in its life cycle and is continuing to soar in terms of console sales.