ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

It's been a long cold time waiting for news of Pokemon Z, with Nintendo still keeping pretty quiet about when we can expect the next game in the 3DS series even as they announced the upcoming iOS and Android based augmented reality game Pokémon GO a few months back.

However, it looks like the news drought might be set to change as Game Freak director Junichi Masuda took to Twitter last month to announce that he'd be appearing on popular Japanese TV show Pokémon Get TV on November 15th. Pokémon Get TV is well known as a source of news regarding the Pokémon franchise, for both the games and the anime. Does this mean we'll be getting a Pokémon Z announcement? Fingers crossed!

Because Masuda is a good person to make said announcement; one of the Game Freak board of directors, he's been with the company since 1989 and has produced and/or directed most of the Pokémon games, including the most recent lot, Pokemon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. There's no official confirmation yet, but there's no way he could not be involved with Pokémon Z; he's THAT important to the franchise.

So it's pretty likely that this big appearance will be linked either to the first official news of Pokémon Z or something to do with Pokémon GO, though there's no indication that he's involved in that as Pokémon GO is being developed by AR developers Niantic in conjunction with The Pokémon Company. The Pokémon Company is affiliated with Game Freak, but it does seem unlikely that they'd choose Masuda to deliver information about the ambitious Pokémon GO, but we remain hopeful.

As the end of 2015 looms it's looking highly unlikely that we're going to get a Pokémon Z release this year, but some news about it would be nice at the very least! C'mon Nintendo you're killing us here. More likely is that we'll see the launch of both Pokémon Z and Pokémon GO next year, which will also coincide with Nintendo's 20th anniversary celebration of the very first Pokémon Red and Green games.

Despite rumours circulating that Pokémon GO will release early next year, February specifically, it doesn't seem likely that we'll get one as soon as then. There's still no news about Pokémon Z, but given the timely combination of both Masuda's TV appearance and the November edition of CoroCoro magazine (which is due to be released the day before the Pokémon Get TV appearance) it's looking hopeful that we'll finally be getting the news Pokémon fans have been craving. Watch this space!

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