A new version of Pokémon Sun and Moon is in the works for the Nintendo Switch, Eurogamer reports. Multiple sources have told the publication that the game is already in development, and will launch in 2017. The project is currently codenamed Pokémon Stars.
If this news is accurate, it wouldn’t be the first title in the series to feature a third game after a pair have released. Pokémon Red and Blue were followed by Yellow, while Diamond and Pearl featured Platinum. In both cases, each version had extra features the base titles did not.
A split-second image of an HD model for new bird Pokémon Pikipek is visible in the February teaser trailer for Sun and Moon. Sources indicate that this is for the Switch Edition. Stars will feature the same map, routes, and cities, but will be in higher-resolution.
Developers at GameFreak paused production of Stars in the last few months of Sun and Moon’s development, so as to polish up the handheld titles. Production has now resumed, with the Switch version sporting features not found in the 3DS games. Trading between versions will be possible.
Both Nintendo and The Pokémon Company declined to comment.
Pokémon Stars would be the first game in the mainline series to receive a home-console release.