Tekken veteran and Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada would like to work with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company on a Pokken sequel.
Pokken Tournament is one of many Pokemon spin-off games, and it ended up being quite popular amongst fighting game aficionados for its creative, 3D-fighter take on the Pokemon brand.
The game, which was first introduced to the world in Japanese arcades back in 2015, ended up being ported to Wii U and Nintendo Switch and has attracted a loyal fanbase over the past few years.
We have a good relationship with Nintendo and Pokemon Co., Ltd., and POKKÉN has had a great response, so I would like to make it again.— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) January 24, 2021
But it's not what we decide, it's what they decide.https://t.co/U8mzxSpWsv
As we nudge ever closer to Pokemon’s 25th-anniversary celebrations later this year, some players have been wondering what’ll become of the well-received spin-off series. As it happens, Harada – who heads up the Tekken franchise and oversees fighting game development at Bandai Namco – would be eager to work with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company again.
“We have a good relationship with Nintendo and Pokemon Co., Ltd., and Pokkén has had a great response, so I would like to make it again,” the often outspoken director wrote in a tweet (via VGC). “But it’s not what we decide, it’s what they decide.”
For what it’s worth, Bandai Namco and The Pokemon Company seem to have a pretty solid working relationship; the publisher and developer is working with The Pokemon Company on the New Pokemon Snap, for example.