- Dec 12, 2016
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Is it really, though?They're not going to tip their hand on what's next, it's bad for PR and marketing if they can't surprise people.
- The type of fan to seek out speculation and hints on the next region isn't exactly going to be turned away just because the next region wasn't a complete surprise
- Past advertising cycles haven't really cared to keep the region a secret- SwSh revealed it during the announcement of the games themselves, and I think SuMo or XY did, too
- The inspiration is only one part of the region, which itself is only one part of the game itself. As we saw with SwSh's cycle, knowing a region's inspiration led to fans speculating about what elements of England might be integrated into the games- what towns and cities might appear, what animals might be made into Pokemon, what kinds of characters might appear. It didn't lead to people deciding, "Oh, I guess that's all there is to know about SwSh".
- Being the highest-grossing media franchise and pretty dominant in its field, it's not like Pokemon has to worry about competition taking the idea if it does get out
I doubt they're mentioning travels in interviews in the hopes that fans will zero in on them and guess incorrectly about the next region's inspiration.It's most likely a red herring.