The Pokémon Company held a press conference, and some new Pokémon games were announced! For this year, the games that are on the horizon are main series games with Pokémon Go elements, and features some returning mechanics. Additionally, new core series games were reported to be released in the second half of 2019. The pair of games for this year prominently feature Pikachu and Eevee, and use a graphical coloring style not seen with other core series games.
During this sudden unannounced press conference from the Pokémon Company, alongside a spin-off game titled Pokémon Quest, this year's core series games were revealed to be titled Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee. These games are for the Nintendo Switch and feature an all new graphical coloring style, though it is notable that it reverted back to a chibi-style for character models. In an interview, it has been revealed that the games will only support the original 151 Pokémon and their Alolan forms. An interview also revealed that during a portion in the trailer where the Switch games send a gift over to Pokémon Go, that gift was actually a never before seen new Pokémon. However, it is not clear presently if this new Pokémon itself is supported by the Let's Go games. (For example, the first Ranger game was capable of giving away a Manaphy Egg as a gift, while the game itself could not use the Manaphy)
One of the goals for these new games, was to make it easier for people to catch Pokémon, as the target audience was Go players, younger players and casual players. An example of such a change, was the removal of the ability to battle wild Pokémon (note: wild encounters still happen), though important to note that players can still battle trainers the classical way. The games will take place in Kanto and was inspired by Pokémon Yellow, which came out in 1998 in Japan. Other features include the ability to ride Pokémon, as well as the new addition of a co-op mode that allows for a second player to join the game by using a second Joy-Con. During co-op mode, both players can throw Poké Balls at the same time, and battle together via double battles. Besides this, players can send Pokémon from Pokémon Go to a special Park in the games and play with the transferred Pokémon.
Another announcement made during the press conference, featured a new peripheral: the Poké Ball Plus. With the Poké Ball Plus, players can take a Pokémon from their games into the real world by storing the Pokémon into the Poké Ball Plus, not dissimilar to the Pokéwalker dongle released together with Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver. Furthermore, the Poké Ball Plus can be used as a Pokémon Go Plus peripheral. The new core series game is slated to be released in the second half of 2019, being developed concurrently with the Let's Go games. It is not known if these presently unnamed games would be an entry under generation 8, though it was reported that the unnamed 2019 games would go back to classical mechanics, as opposed to the Go mechanics seen in the Let's Go games.
Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Let's Go Eevee will be released worldwide November 16, 2018.
Last September, Project Pokémon held an art competition in order to update the branding art for its social media pages, Patreon and eventually, incorporate the design into the site theme. Submissions were excepted until October 13, 2017. After the submission period ended, voting came next.
The competition included; BlackShark, wrathsoffire76, theSLAYER, Jovie and Got_Eevees. The community was given approximately one month to cast their votes. On November 16, 2017, the winner of the art competition was announced on the Portal. BlackShark and wrathsoffire76 tied for second place with just four votes each. Jovie’s art received 16 votes, making Jovie the winner.
Today, Jovie impressed Project Pokémon staff with a new variant of the original winning submission. We applied Jovie’s art to the default site theme for all to enjoy!
Again, thank you @Jovie for your contributions to Project Pokémon!
We've just finished installing some upgrades to the forums. Here's an overview of some of the new features:
The old search system was rather slow, and it only showed you what you wanted part of the time. This update fixes that. Rather than bore you with the technical details of how it works, I encourage everyone to try it out. Registered members should also notice a significant speed improvement in the Unread Content page, which previously took an unacceptable 6 to 10 seconds to load, and now takes a far more reasonable 1 to 3 seconds.
The editor now has full emoji support 😀. This means all* the emoji available in Unicode can be used ⭐, as well as some custom images previously seen as reactions .
* New emoji are always being introduced, so "all" might not mean "all", instead meaning "most". Still significantly more emoji than we had before.
There's a new club type called "Read-Only" lets everyone see what goes on in your club, but requires people to be manually added before posting anything.
You can now change the club type without having to ask us to do it. You can also change the club owner if you so desire.
Clubs can have a custom home page, whose content is set through a WYSIWYG editor.
Club features (topics, images, etc.) can be reordered.
Club forums (aka topics) can be in Q&A format. Only new club forums can be set this way; if you would like an existing club forum set this way, please create a thread in the support forum.
The site theme was rewritten, offering some slight improvements and fixing some minor issues. There may still be more issues, so please leave feedback if you find any.
Over the past few months, I've silently made various changes to things. You may have noticed some of these, but others are fairly recent. Here's an overview, ordered from earliest to most recent:
There's a new testing forum that you can use to try out our WYSIWYG editor. Only you can see what you post.
The Forums index was restructured to reduce bloat.
Members without an avatar are given a dynamically-generated one, consisting of the first letter of their usernames as well as a random color.
Our guides now live in the new Tutorials section.
We'll continue to work to make the site even better than it is now, but to most effectively do that, we want your opinions. If you see something you like or something you don't, please don't be shy, and let us know what you think by creating a thread in the feedback forum. Additionally, if you want to directly help make the site a better place, check out our applications page where we have some open staff positions.