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In light of Ryan Reynolds’ surprisingly convincing performance as the portly yellow puff ball in Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Nintendo has made the call to give the movie a video game adaptation. Well, tell a lie — it’ll actually serve as a sequel, of sorts, to the 3DS game that released back in 2018. But that was just shy of six years ago, so understandably, our image of Warner Bros’ recent depiction is a little clearer right about now. Either way, the fact still remains: the talking companion is back for another round, and in a new chapter titled Detective Pikachu Returns, of all things.

So, what do you actually need to know about the upcoming sequel? Will it plant roots on any handheld consoles besides the Switch? Will its story be exactly the same as the one featured in Rob Letterman’s film? Well, here’s everything you need to know about it.

What Is Detective Pikachu Returns?

To break it down, Detective Pikachu Returns is an upcoming adventure-mystery game by Nintendo, as well as a spin-off of the mainline Pokémon series. It’s also the sequel to Detective Pikachu, yet another mystery game that attained mass recognition back in 2018. Unlike its main entries—games that tend to lean more towards being RPGs than anything else—the Detective Pikachu series instead opts for a story-driven approach, which often consists of talking to citizens, scavenging for clues, and exploring certain key points of interest.

As it turns out, Detective Pikachu Returns won’t be all that different from the first, and will, in fact, feature yet another selection of mysteries to solve in the heart of Ryme City, a bustling metropolis that houses both humans and Pokémon. Question is, to what extent is the gruff willing to go to crack this latest catalog of mysteries? Or better yet, how will the newest case tie in with the ones featured back in 2018?

Story

Unfortunately, this is where the trail goes cold. And as much as we’d like to be able to list off all the ins and outs of the latest proposal, the fact is, we don’t actually know much about it. What we do know, however, is that the next episode will be bringing back Tim Goodman, the intuitive soul who accompanied Pikachu on the first collection of tales back in 2018. And what’s more, it’ll be set entirely in Ryme City. So, hardly anything new to mold over there, then.

“This Pikachu works together with his partner, a young man named Tim Goodman, to solve a series of mysterious incidents that are occurring within the city,” Nintendo writes. And that’s all Nintendo writes, annoyingly. So, hardly a major dive into the premise of the game, let alone its characters or cameos.

Gameplay

Forget what you thought you already knew about playing Pokémon, because harnessing such skills certainly won’t be of use to you in your endeavors with Detective Pikachu. Matter of fact, knowing how to throw down in the arena won’t serve you any favors here at all, as the bulk of your expertise will need to be devoted to other avenues; enquiring about unsolved mysteries, for example.

Like the first game, Detective Pikachu Returns will center its entire world around the booming haven of Ryme City, a location that’s rife with curious cases and intriguing characters. Playing as Pikachu and Tim, you will be tasked with exploring the city and making general enquiries on some of the city’s biggest mysteries. But as for what these mysteries will entail is still anybody’s guess.

Development

Detective Pikachu Returns was just one of several games that were shown during June’s Nintendo Direct event. Matter of fact, it was actually one of the lesser-known projects, what with the likes of Super Mario Wonder and Sonic Superstars claiming the lion’s share of the traction. But for what it did show—a minute-long trailer with a few snippets of cinematic goodness—it was a sight for sore eyes, and one that definitely made one or two million Pokémon fans a little giddy.

Of course, a sequel was bound to happen at some point regardless. In fact, with Warner Bros. getting their hands on it back in 2019, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo picked it back up. Better late than never, anyway. If all goes according to plan, then the sequel should be gearing up for a October 6th release.

Trailer

Detective Pikachu Returns Official Trailer

Thanks to the recently aired Nintendo Direct event, we do have some footage of Detective Pikachu Returns. It isn’t much, and it doesn’t quite go into much detail about the plot, either. But it’s something. You can catch a glimpse of what’s to come in the latest installment in the trailer embedded above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Nintendo will be bringing Detective Pikachu Returns to Switch on October 6, 2023. Does this mean it won’t be making a return to ex-gen platforms? Sadly yes. But who knows? Maybe it’ll perform so well, that Nintendo will have no choice but to broaden its reach and launch it on platforms outside of its flagship console? Fat chance, mind you.

As far as launch editions go, Detective Pikachu Returns will only have the one, which will be priced at $49.99. You can get your hands on a physical copy on launch, or a digital version via the Nintendo eShop. Whichever one takes your fancy, you can go ahead and add it to your pre-orders via the official website today.

October isn’t all that far away, but if you’re looking to stay up to date with the next chapter in Detective Pikachu’s anthology, then be sure to check in with the official social feed here. If anything does pop up out of the blue before its release, we’ll be sure to let you know all the details right here on gaming.net.

 

So, what’s your take? Will you be picking up a copy of Detective Pikachu Returns when it hits the Switch? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.

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