Pokémon Z and Pokémon GO: Simultaneous Release? News, Rumors, Update

By Yumi Redfield

There is still no confirmation from The Pokémon Company on when Pokémon Z will be released or if it is even in production, but it hasn’t stopped the rumors, news, updates regarding the much awaited game.

Even though The Pokémon Company has yet to announce or confirm Pokémon Z, there have been more than a few reports claiming that Pokémon Z will be released alongside Pokémon GO.

Before 2015 ended, there was a lot of buzz about the upcoming Pokémon GO when it was announced, especially when it was reported that Niantic received funding from three major players: The Pokémon Company, Google, and Nintendo. When the funding announcement was delivered, of course, not only did it put the spotlight on the upcoming augmented reality game, fans were asking about the confirmation of Pokémon Z.

Pokémon X and Y, the predecessor of highly speculated Pokémon Z, was released back in 2013, so it is not surprising why fans have been itching to know more about the still unannounced Pokémon Z. Last December, fans Corocoro magazine teased of a huge update, after the tease, rumors were ripe that it was either a Pokémon Z announcement or the game’s release date. Instead of Pokémon Z, fans were introduced to a new Pokémon that would be in the upcoming movie: Volcanion. Although the new Pokémon was a treat, fans were very much disappointed with the news.

2016, the twentieth year anniversary of the release of the first Pokémon game, has been dubbed the Year of Pokémon. To celebrate the momentous occasion, The Pokémon Company has planned a lot of things for Pokémon fans. For those still playing or revisiting Pokémon X and Y, there will be Mythical Pokémon distributions. For those playing Pokémon TCG: Generations, a special expansion pack will be released, the Mythical Pokémon Collections. There are also the release of digitally remastered movies like Pokémon The First Movie, Pokémon The Movie 2000, and Pokémon 3 The Movie.

Upcoming games, besides the much awaited Pokémon Z, are also planned to be released this year, with Pokémon GO, the augmented reality game, as the main Pokémon game of the year. Another game that is said to be released this year is the Pokkén Tournament.

There is still no release date for Pokémon Z and Pokémon GO.

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