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Pokémon Z Release Date – Everything We Know So Far

Back in 2016 there were numerous rumors that Pokémon Z was going to be the next game of the Pokémon series released by Nintendo. With the debut of the Pokémon X Y & Z animated series, it seemed like a sure thing that Pokémon Z will be released soon after. However, February 27th 2016, which was the Pokémon Day, didn’t bring any announcements related to Z, but instead, Nintendo revealed plans for Sun and Moon, a game that would initiate a new generation of Pokémon games. That left a large group of fans in a state of shock, and whose questions as to why Pokémon Z was omitted remain unanswered up to this day.

Since Generation VII received many highly favorable reviews, this somehow silenced most of the fans. Still, Nintendo has not made any comments regarding the surprising omission of the last part of the X & Y trilogy. As many different explanations have been proposed by fans, we decided to choose only three of them, those that, in our opinion, make the most sense.

  1. According to some, Nintendo wanted to use Pokémon Z as a bait for the fans, who would be more likely to purchase a new handheld launched by the Japanese company, in case the highly anticipated game would be released simultaneously for the same device. Such move would greatly increase a good start and the potential success of the new device.
  2. Nintendo’s decision to skip Pokémon Z was made in order to maximize the earnings of the company, as new game series or generations tend to generate more hype, which is then followed by increased sales.
  3. Since the game might have featured a France-inspired setting, after the Paris attacks of November 2015 a decision could have been made to abandon the plans for Pokémon Z in order to avoid any unnecessary controversy.

Any of the three above mentioned explanations could be the real reason as to why Pokémon Z was never published. There is a great chance that we will never know the answer.


Pokémon Z Release Date Takes Longer Than Anticipated

The universe of Pokémon and its immersive role-playing features has taken the world by storm for a decade already. This is why back in 2013 Game Freak decided to work on Pokémon X and Pokémon Y as installments in the popular game series. These games were to be distributed by Nintendo and they were under the publishing right of The Pokémon Company.

The success of Pokémon X and Y

It seems like these two games took Japan by storm, selling over a million copies before the game was even released.  After the game got released, the sales total came up to more than 2 million copies in Japan alone and over 4 million copies on a worldwide scale.

With this amount of success, it is safe to say that people have high standards for Pokémon Z.

With little to no announcement being made on this particular game series fans worldwide fear that this game will be skipped completely by the game developers. However, there are a number of reasons why we may not have heard the big news yet.

The reasons

The biggest fear of Nintendo could be the fact that this game will not bring in a lot of sales. As they have seen with past first generation games, these usually sell the most while sequels or second generation games that follow up on the story do not do so well.

Another problem that we have to address is the fact that Nintendo may be simply afraid to start working on this game and release it as not that much time after the terrorist attack in France passed. Why is this relevant? Well, the game is set in one of France’s geographical locations and some may see attacks and fights going on in a virtual environment as a reflection of reality which may hurt them.

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