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RUMOR - third version of Pokemon Sun/Moon well into development for Switch

by nintendaan
18 November 2016
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This comes from an Eurogamer report...

- new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon will launch for Nintendo Switch
- well into development
- launch in 2017, and currently holds the codename of Pokémon Stars
-  first time we see the mainline Pokémon series spanning separate Nintendo consoles within the same generation of games
- shared much of their development with their Switch bigger brother
- Pokémon Stars is being developed by the Sun and Moon team at Game Freak
- parallel development structure has allowed the work-in-progress Pokémon Stars to already feature working versions of Sun and Moon content
- GameFreak largely paused work on the Switch version a couple of months ago to polish Sun and Moon in time
- work on Stars will now resume with the development of features not found in the 3DS versions
- Pokémon will be tradable between Sun/Moon and Stars via the Pokémon Box app
- suggestion there will be more creatures to collect in the Switch version, although not all sources could confirm this
- Switch version of Sun and Moon to feature the same map and the same art style, although be built using separate, higher-resolution assets
- heard the game was initially a summer 2017 launch for Nintendo Switch, but has since been pushed back to later in the year