So as the days continue to tick over without any solid news about the long awaited Pokemon GO mobile game it becomes ever more tempting to give into rumor and speculation about exactly when it's landing and what we'll be seeing when it does.
However we did recently receive a snippet of news, though it's not very much to go on. C'est la vie, and all that. We'll take what we can get at this juncture.
The Most Recent News Is...
A recent interview between Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper and Tsunekazu Ishihara (CEO of the Pokémon Company) as reported by Serebii made us hopeful that we'd be finding out some solid news regarding release dates and the like, and we did. Well, sorta.
In the Yomiuri Shimbun interview Ishihara didn't let any release date details slip, but rather clarified the order in which the mobile game will be released region by region. Nothing too exciting then, but it's all we've got right now.
The Release Order
According to Ishihara the app will launch first in Japan, Europe and North America, presumably at the same time. However Nintendo's past release schedules usually put Japan first, then America, then Europe before the rest of the world, so it's unclear if they'll opt for this staggered model once again.
Anyway, once Pokémon GO is live in Japan, Europe and North America it will then launch at a slightly later date for South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Interestingly enough Ishihara also teased the fact that The Pokémon Company is working on another "big project" aside from Pokémon GO. What could it be? Smart money would be on Pokemon Z, the title which has not yet been officially announced but we all know is coming.
Again most of what we know about Pokémon Z comes not from confirmed official sources but of speculation regarding new Pokémon details revealed by Japan's Coro Coro Comic, which is often used as a launching pad for official details by The Pokémon Company.
The upcoming game looks set to centre around Legendary Pokémon Zygarde, first introduced in Pokemon X and Y as a optional catch found in the Terminus Cave. Zygarde is pretty interesting in that he's been shown to exist in five different forms thus far:
Cell: Single cells that make up Zygarde, they have no consciousness of their own and are found scattered throughout the world.
Core: A self-aware core, essentially this is Zygarde's brain.
10% Form: A dog-like form that the core takes when it gathers 10% of it's cellular structure from absorbing nearby cells.
50% Form: A serpent-like form that the core takes when it gathers 50% of it's cellular structure from absorbing nearby cells. This is the legendary encountered by the player in the Terminus Cave in Pokémon X and Y.
Complete (100%) Form: A more humanoid form, this is the perfect form of Zygarde that the core takes when it gathers 100% of it's cells.
Additionally - as we learned from the Pokémon XY & Z anime - it looks like there's two Zygarde cores which fuse together to create the "ultimate" form of Zygarde. However this is still speculation at this point, and may be an anime only feature that won't translate across to the upcoming game.
2016 is going to be big for Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, what with both Pokémon GO and Pokémon Z expected to arrive sometime this year.
However whilst we have official confirmation that Pokémon GO will land sometime this year there's still no line on the 3DS game Pokémon Z, so it could be that we'll be waiting a bit longer on that one. And waiting, and waiting...