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For those who want to be the very best, like no one ever was, there are a lot more more opportunities to do so this year. DeNA recently released details that they will be launching a new mobile game based on Pokemon. DeNA is a Japanese company that recently achieved popularity with games such as Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. Notably, DeNA partnered with Nintendo for all the aforementioned titles. It is believed the game will be officially launched before the end of March 2020.
DeNA and Nintendo, and by extension The Pokemon Company, are continuing this partnership for this project. Developers have promised the game with be “new and exciting”, although have yet to release any additional information. This has led to some questions as to what style and gameplay are going to be pursued.
Up until now, mobile-based Pokemon games have avoided replicating the open world, RPG-style of titular Pokemon games, such as the upcoming Sword & Shield game. Instead, these games tend to adventure into novel spaces such as real word exploration (Pokemon Go) or training a Magikarp to jump high and not merely splash uselessly around (Pokemon: Magikarp Jump). Although there are mobile games similar to the traditional style of Pokemon, such as Nexomon, one should expect DeNA to continue the trend of mobile games trying something different.
Venturing into the highly profitable Pokemon franchise may be intentional for the fiscally suffering DeNA. By the end of March 2019, DeNA saw a 14.7% decline in revenue, falling to 762 million usd. Along with upcoming Mario Kart Tour, DeNA will be hoping these titles reinvigorate the company’s financial situation. Banking on the popularity of Pokemon definitely seems a good strategy.
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