Tencent and The Pokémon Company partner on new Pokémon games

What you need to know

  • The Pokémon Company and Tencent have announced they are working on new Pokémon games together.
  • Very little information is known at this stage beyond the initial announcement.
  • These Pokémon games will likely be mobile titles, as that is Tencent's area of expertise.

If you like Pokémon games, we've got some pretty interesting news. Today, we learned that Tencent and The Pokémon Company are partnering on new Pokémon games together. Specifically, Tencent Games' TiMi Studio, which is one of their original internal development teams, will work to develop new Pokémon games in partnership with The Pokémon Company. You can see the announcement here (though be aware, the page is in Japanese).

Tencent is a massive corporation and is in fact the largest gaming company in the world, with investments in countless companies all around the world. Given their history developing games for mobile devices, it seems logical that these new Pokémon games will be designed for mobile.

The Pokémon Company is a result of a join investment between Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures. Nintendo handles the publishing of Pokémon titles for consoles or dedicated handheld gaming devices, Game Freak develops the games and Creatures handles merchandise such as trading cards, while also aiding in the development of the games.

Pokémon as a whole is going incredibly strong right now, with Pokémon GO still bringing in revenue while two new Pokémon games are about to launch on the Nintendo Switch this fall: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. While it's still early days in regards to this newly announced partnership, it could be quite big for both companies.

Samuel Tolbert

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance gaming writer who started working for iMore and its sister sites Windows Central and Android Central in July 2019. He handles news, previews, reviews, and exclusive original reporting, and has also been featured on TechRadar. With a background studying engineering before he shifted his focus to gaming journalism, he's skilled at identifying technical advantages and disadvantages provided by different hardware. If he’s not writing something, he’s off playing video games, spending time with his pets, exercising, or reading. He's also fond of trying to draw things with his iPad.