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Speculation Gen 9 Predictions (Development predictions, New Regions, Version names)

Johnny Boy

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I've seen a good theory that it might be California based on a Game Informer interview. Not too crazy about possibly getting another US region again, but I am down for some warm fun in the Cali sunshine right now... winter is already moving in where I am and I hate it.

Cali would be interesting. We could get some areas based on silicone valley (easy way to get Porygon and Type: Null) or Sacramento (to reference the gold rush. Though I wonder if they’d have the balls to do areas based on Disneyland or Compton.
 

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Cali would be interesting. We could get some areas based on silicone valley (easy way to get Porygon and Type: Null) or Sacramento (to reference the gold rush. Though I wonder if they’d have the balls to do areas based on Disneyland or Compton.
Probably just have some sort of theme park for Disney. There's also Hollywood, the Golden Gate Bridge, Death Valley, and the Redwood forest.
 

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Stream had a Pikachu in Dutch peasant dress.

The one before SS had a pikachu in a tartan

I rest my case.
 

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mod edit: original thread title was "Gen 9 will basically be a polished updated SWSH" from which this post was merged from.

What I mean is it will be what Gen 7 was to Gen 6. Same hardware but Gen 7 had more natural flowing environments and routes (not grid based), proper character models, better battle backgrounds, a more cohesive story and overall game to xy.

By this logic I see Gen 9 going full throttle with open routes/cities like SWSH DLC and LA. More polished graphics and textures overall if the style is the same. A more cohesive and fleshed out story and in general basically a polished, updated version of SWSH.

Thoughts?
 
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Why wouldn't the same engine be used? I think that's (probably?) a given.
But, if it ends up being a SWSH 2 that would be really bad imo (despite being really well-selling, SWSH felt kinda different).
I think after L:A releases there's going to be some different stuff in maingame in new releases.

Although I think it'd be nice if there was a maingame with L:A's engine (despite the graphics maybe not being up-to-par).
Maybe if L:A gets big enough and it becomes a series it'll happen...
 

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merging this to the gen 9 predictions thread as i feel that's what this thread is going to end up more or less becoming
I already forgot what the thread before was heh mvm just remembered!
Thanks for your work!!
 

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Really hope it doesn’t come out before fall 2023 at the earliest tbh. They need to take their time with this one
 

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So far, 60 species of Pokemon are yet to appear in a main series Switch game:

  • Snivy, Servine and Serperior
  • Tepig, Pignite and Emboar
  • Patrat and Watchog
  • Pansage and Simisage
  • Pansear and Simisear
  • Panpour and Simipour
  • Blitzle and Zebstrika
  • Sewaddle, Swadloon and Leavanny
  • Ducklett and Swanna
  • Deerling and Sawsbuck
  • Alomomola
  • Tynamo, Eelektrik and Eelektross
  • Meloetta
  • Chespin, Quilladin and Chesnaught
  • Fennekin, Braixen and Delphox
  • Froakie, Frogadier and Greninja
  • Scatterbug, Spewpa and Vivillon
  • Litleo and Pyroar
  • Flabebe, Floette and Florges
  • Skiddo and Gogoat
  • Furfrou
  • Hoopa
  • Pikipek, Trumbeak and Toucannon
  • Yungoos and Gumshoos
  • Crabrawler and Crabominable
  • Oricorio
  • Minior
  • Komala
  • Bruxish

Do you think it's safe to assume that these Pokemon will all be appearing in Gen 9 (either in the regional dex, or as hidden extras), to ensure every Pokemon has appeared in at least one Switch game?

Deerling and Sawsbuck have never appeared in a regional dex outside Unova before, presumably because they rely on the seasons to change form, but perhaps they could be given a new form-changing method. Oricorio's nectars, meanwhile, could be obtained from flowers dotted around the new region, or purchased from one of those market stalls that sells interesting knick-knacks.
 
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So far, 60 species of Pokemon are yet to appear in a main series Switch game:

  • Snivy, Servine and Serperior
  • Tepig, Pignite and Emboar
  • Patrat and Watchog
  • Pansage and Simisage
  • Pansear and Simisear
  • Panpour and Simipour
  • Blitzle and Zebstrika
  • Sewaddle, Swadloon and Leavanny
  • Ducklett and Swanna
  • Deerling and Sawsbuck
  • Alomomola
  • Tynamo, Eelektrik and Eelektross
  • Meloetta
  • Chespin, Quilladin and Chesnaught
  • Fennekin, Braixen and Delphox
  • Froakie, Frogadier and Greninja
  • Scatterbug, Spewpa and Vivillon
  • Litleo and Pyroar
  • Flabebe, Floette and Florges
  • Skiddo and Gogoat
  • Furfrou
  • Hoopa
  • Pikipek, Trumbeak and Toucannon
  • Yungoos and Gumshoos
  • Crabrawler and Crabominable
  • Oricorio
  • Minior
  • Komala
  • Bruxish

Do you think it's safe to assume that these Pokemon will all be appearing in Gen 9 (either in the regional dex, or as hidden extras), to ensure every Pokemon has appeared in at least one Switch game?

Deerling and Sawsbuck have never appeared in a regional dex outside Unova before, presumably because they rely on the seasons to change form, but perhaps they could be given a new form-changing method. Oricorio's nectars, meanwhile, could be obtained from flowers dotted around the new region, or purchased from one of those market stalls that sells interesting knick-knacks.
I think it's pretty likely that we will see them next Gen, yeah.
 

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Khu's hints at a DLC being revealed in April are telling me that we might not be hearing about Generation 9 anytime soon.

I think Gen 8 is going to be 4 years long.
 

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Khu's hints at a DLC being revealed in April are telling me that we might not be hearing about Generation 9 anytime soon.

I think Gen 8 is going to be 4 years long.
He's also hinted that this is the last year for Gen 8, so... gonna bet there isn't a whole lot in that DLC.
 

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Maybe it's just Pokémon-only DLC? I mean hopefully there is a nice story in it but I mean, if it's small DLC then new Pokémon makes the most sense IMO.
 
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