Pokémon Developer Game Freak Teases A New Collaboration Game

By Sato . July 18, 2013 . 10:30pm


Pokémon developers Game Freak have teased a brand new collaboration game on their official website, which appears to show a radiant silhouette of some sort of creature, followed by the words “coming soon”.


While the shiny silhouette may be blocking some text in the middle, when you put the available words together, it reads as 「世界中で遊ばれているあの定番ゲームが驚きのコラボで生まれ変わる!」 which roughly translates to: “That popular game that is played around the world, will be reborn in a surprising collaboration!”


While the silhouette appears to be that of some sort of creature, it has yet to be revealed whether it’s a Pokémon, or something completely different, possibly from the collaborative partner.


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  • Arsyah Budiman

    a horse pony?

    • J_Joestar


  • Lunarian Angel

    Is it just me or does it kinda look like a Grunty from the .Hack series?

    • Grunties don’t have ears on top of their heads, I don’t think.

    • GameTaco

      That’s actually the first thing I thought it resembled, too. It’s been a long time since I last touched .hack so you had to refresh my memory, but that’s all the more evidence toward how relatively notable the body shape is.

    • Kitestwinblades

      YES, I thought I was the only one xD That would be grand!

  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    ….. Clucking Digimon

    • anthony apduhan

      Pokemon vs Digimon

  • Pokemon x Dragon Quest confirmed, launching on Xbox One to combat FE/SMT on Wii U. Preorder now for an exclusive DLC slime costume!

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      uh Game Freak is Nintendo

    • PreyMantis

      Are you being sarcastic?

  • Interface23

    Pokémon Conquest 2

    • Eder García

      most likely

    • Tyler Harwood Simpson

      It’s a “surprise collaboration”. I doubt its a sequel of any existing collabs.

      • Suicunesol

        And Nobunaga’s Ambition is hardly a game that is played around the world.

    • ronin4life

      I would love that…

  • Interface23

    It’s a samurai and a pokemon in the picture

  • Vitor Duarte


  • Vash bane

    ….. I got nothing lol all we know it looks like pony of sorts

  • celery

    Lopunny on the left? lol

    Regardless, so excited!!!!

  • Yomie

    SMTxPokemon confirmed

    • Tyler Harwood Simpson


      • Renaldi Saputra

        since pokemon don’t have actual angel/devil, I doubt it..
        except if they’re thinking of Devil Children

    • Surgeon of Death

      I can’t imagine how that would work. Pokemon is fun but SMT is more serious. Hmm……

      • Tom_Phoenix

        Then that just means that SMTxPokémon would be serious fun! =D

        • Surgeon of Death

          I would actually enjoy a pokemon that is a bit more violent like in the manga. I hate when video games refuse to grow up with the original fanbase.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      uh the have SMT with Fire Emblem

    • Raze


      Now we will see pokemon died in fire, slashed to half, freeze to death, boom with blood explosion, etc etc…

      • Renaldi Saputra

        “boom with blood explosion..”

    • jajb

      rotate that silhouette 90 degrees to the right, it resembles number 3.

      Half-Life 3 X Pokemon!!!!!

    • Junko Enoshima


    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      it works

    • Renaldi Saputra

      they had long time ago..
      Devil Children

    • celery

      Or maybe…Fire Emblem x Pokemon?! (that would be game of the century mark my words)

      Or SMT x Fire Emblem x Pokemon, they just forgot to mention Pokemon in the first video x3

  • bloogeyz

    It’s a Moomin clearly

    • Vash bane

      I never heard of that before and I googled it…. that looks spot on

    • Go2hell66

      does look an awful lot like a moomin
      (whatever that is)

  • Andres Pena

    wouldnt be surprised if it was pokemonxdigimon, also i did a bit of research and it might point to this being a card game involving horses?, but am really hoping am way off and its a pokexdigi thing.

  • Namuro


    • Sato

      Hahaha that was the first thing that came to mind for me, actually. +1 to you for knowing it :D

  • Kristoffer Brandberg

    My money is on a entirely new series.

  • Ethan_Twain

    Pokemon Conquest 2 is the obvious theory. The first one did pretty well, it would probably do even better on the 3DS with Versions X and Y coming out on the hardware soon, and it’s exactly the sort of third party collaboration that Nintendo has been actively seeking out.

    Indeed if not for the word “surprising” in there, I would call this a certainty. But I’m not sure Pokemon Conquest 2 would qualify as surprising. So what else? I could see something with Dragon Quest since Square Enix is probably the biggest Japanese studio that Nintendo doesn’t have collaboration hooks into yet. Dragon Quest Monsters Pokemon? I could see it.

    • Andres Pena

      not likely seeing how serebii has already stated that the url contains the term soritiba and apperently it translates out to something involving a horse, also it seems gamefreak trademarked this term last year.

  • Deoxys911

    Viva Piñata reboot under GAME FREAK’s lead? Would certainly be interesting if Microsoft started handing over Rare properties back to Nintendo. And it’s not completely crazy, really, seeing as there was a VP DS game back before the series died off. Coincidentally, the colors shining from the silhouette more or less match the colors of the piñata character it resembles.

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

      Japanese Text. Rare is not Japanese

    • Ferofax

      Oooh! Me likey! Viva Pinata was awesome!

  • Impressionnant

    Reminds me of the false minoshiro from shin sekai yori.

    • DyLaN

      I want tht thing lol. Works as a cute paperweight and a high volume USB.

  • LaserVision

    Maybe that’s a deformed Chocobo and it’s a Final Fantasy collaboration?

  • AznRiceBowl

    Please don’t tell me this is My Little Pony…

    • Just Tim

      Oh, God. That just flagrantly cements the notion that “Americans are jabroni for ponies.”

  • TrannyMagic

    I immediately thought Bulbasaur… ://

  • garf02

    seems like a fat pony to me :/

  • Chris Bobb

    It…Looks like the Dota 2 Donkey Courier to me. I hope this isn’t the direction, though.

  • Guest

    That’s a horse… So, I’m guessing Pokemon X Harvest Moon.

  • Crazy Speculation time.


    Image file of said animal is called OGP on Gamefreak’s site

    OGPlanet makes MMOs.

    Buckle Up.

    • Rasputing

      OGP, as far as I know, is only a publisher, not a maker. A bit of a meh publisher, from what I remember.

      Though, Pokemon MMO does sound awesome.

      • Ah yeah that’s true, they aren’t developers. Sorry I guess I got caught up in the moment.

        I have been wanting an MMO forever though.

  • Suicunesol

    Hehhh… Harvest Moon x Pokemon.

    I don’t know–I saw the horse and thought it looked like the horse from Harvest Moon 64.

    Would be a dream.

    • ronin4life

      I was thinking a bit more about this just now… and I realized something:
      We have gone a long time with no HM announcements…

  • Outfield answer: A collaboration between Pokémon and Digimon.

    More plausible answer: I have to go with what Suicunesol is saying. Would be interesting.

    Edit: Just saw that Laer_HeiSeiRyuu had already brought up the Digimon possibility. :D

    • POkemon and Digimon… hahaha. That would be weird, and never happen, but heh..

      • Renaldi Saputra

        “it will never happen”
        you might be right

        • It would certainly be interesting don’t get me wrong. It just won’t ever happen. They are too much rivals.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            I know.. I also think that it will never happen bcos both franchise don’t have interest in each other if I remember, even though their fanbase will approve it

  • AndyLC

    Here’s the horse from Harvest Moon

    • Dragard Kaos

      Lmao, oh gods, please, no!

      • Bur

        You don’t like fun?

    • Kuhile Brodeur

      A Harvest Moon with Pokemon sounds amazing to me. Ride Ponytas and Gogoats, have a Growlithe, farm berries, and the villagers are gym leaders and Elite Four members. I’d buy.

    • Ferofax


    • ronin4life

      If this was done right?

      • AndyLC

        >>a Pokemon game where you can marry the gym leader of your choice


    • celery

      Imagine your sheep are Mareep, then it evolves and you get less wool…lol xD

      • JustThisOne

        We’ll have Chanseys to give eggs! Miltanks for milk! Oddish for turnips! :V

        • brian

          Harvest all your Pokemon~
          I could see a gritty reboot/crossover coming from this.

          • JustThisOne


  • Pockystix

    I still want my PokeMonster Hunter game

  • grevlinghore

    Oh… that popular game! I love that popular game.

  • Réa Chwan

    I didn’t see well so I put the image in negative mode.
    Hope It help.

    • Bur

      Oh god, it’s creating an optical illusion where I swear the shadow-whatever keeps getting bigger. I think it’s trying to reach out of my monitor and steal my soul. ..hold me.

    • JustThisOne

      Maybe a hippo, or one of those really derpy horses?

      It looks like that Moomin cartoon.

      (But I don’t think it’s that. xD)

    • Kitestwinblades

      ◎.◎ Is that a GRUNTY!? No! it couldn’t be! xD

  • Jonathan Tse

    whatever it is, hope it’s an action RPG. i’m still surprised Game Freak never attempted an action Pokemon game, would be so much fun.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      whut? they had..

      • Jonathan Tse

        i suppose i mean a fully-fledged action RPG that didn’t completely break the rules, system, and flow that the main Pokemon series has. The easiest example would be a game based off of the Pokemon Special series, in which Pokemon battles were much more based off of strategy and terrain, while trainers had to keep safe alongside their Pokemon. something much more ambitious than Rumble’s simple free-for-all type situation.

        • Renaldi Saputra

          hmm but considering pokemon lack of action I don’t know how it would be..
          pokemon doesn’t have normal attack also don’t have combo.. they can’t defend attack without Protect or Detect..
          most of action RPG I saw can do them..

          however, even so I think they still can do like Bakugan Defense of the Core

        • J_Joestar

          600+ physically unique playable monsters would probably be kinda tough to make into an action game that isn’t very streamlined like Rumble.

          • Jonathan Tse

            I did say ambitious after all, though to be fair, the ideas brought forth through Pokemon Special have been around since 1997. I know it would be a lot of work and planning, but the resulting game would definitely be a big hit.

          • brian

            I keep trying to imagine that and all that comes up is something like Smash Bros but as an action game.

          • Jonathan Tse

            aight, i’ll put down a couple more inspirations to complete the image: third person view (think DMC, KH, FF15) with Pokemon having different attributes closely related to their stats and general usage in the main games. They would be limited in “moves” to make each Pokemon more unique, and moves chosen would have to be useful. one such example would be “Tail Whip”, a move used for stat debuffing. in this game it would be used not to debuff, but more to disarm the enemy (it’s an actual whip of the tail). and as pretty much everyone has not grasped, you control the trainer, who is controlling the Pokemon. the Pokemon can be considered an extension of the trainer’s self. given the amazing things Pokemon have been fabled to do (yet never actually do in the freaking main games), there is a great deal of things that such a game could utilized.

            tl;dr – in terms of gameplay, think Devil May Cry, not Smash.

  • Enma_Kozato

    For some odd reason, my first thought was JoJo _(:I / )

  • BillyMK

    If they did a Pokemon X Dragon Quest Monsters japan would explode.

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Animal Crossing, anyone?

  • DrakeClawfang

    I played Pokemon Conquest, and I really loved it. Crossovers like that expose Pokemon fans to new genres of games by connecting them with established characters they know and love. I’ve never played a TRPG before Conquest, it got me into checking out Disgaea and maybe Final Fantasy Tactics.

  • SlickRoach

    I haven’t a clue what this collab could be but by God does the idea of even more Pokémon related news get me hyped.

  • “That popular game that is played around the world, will be reborn in a surprising collaboration!”

    Pokemon MMORPG style maybe?

  • mytoemytoe

    Pokemon x World of Warcraft, lmao

    • Daniel Jeanbaptiste


  • Era Angelus

    So like first thing that came to mind, seeing the Japanese text background was Digimon during the evolution sequence. That would have made for an interesting crossover.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Monster hunter X Pokemon!

  • Tanner

    Come on….

  • It is Pokemon x something but I don’t have a clue what.

  • wahyudil

    my Little Pony vs Pokemon …

    • GameTaco

      Either that or Pokéformers.

      You thought Gogoat was strange? Look again. Now it’s a pickup truck.

      • J_Joestar

        somehow that made me think of Old Spice commercials rather than transformers…

  • RichyGaming

    We all know its Digimon.

  • mike dickson

    digimon X pokemon finally its happening

    • Nope.

      • mike dickson

        my dreams shattered lol but enough with the guess lets wait for more info to surface on the interwebs

  • harmonyworld


  • Hiro Oozora

    Looks like a Grunty from hack

  • Keine

    Hoping that nintendo x sony will come in the near future… but highly unlikely…

  • Ben Sylvia

    It’s obviously a horse-like creature.

    But it’s nothing I recognize from anything.

    Edit: or a donkey.

    • Settle for equestrian? lol

  • Alestaos

    I do hope its Pkmn x Digimon tbh

    • Would be cool, but it isn’t.

      • Alestaos

        Aye it wont be but it would of been awesome…and a digimon game would finally get localised not sure if the 3DS one will make it to NA/EU

        • It would be very awesome, and yah… though it wouldn’t be a straight one and that doesn’t really count.

          Namco is the publisher for Digmimon Decode right? Yah it isn’t coming to the states. Europe… maybe, but I don’t hold that to high likelihood.

  • glenngunnerzero

    Even if it’s a secret there is no way some other company would not put their company info in the trademark thing so This has to be a Pokemon on some other Gamefreak collaboration.

  • Neophoton

    Hello Kitty x Pokemon

    …Well, it’s happened with everything else in Japan, so I’m more surprised than not to see Pokemon hasn’t been collaborated with it yet.

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