When the Nintendo Switch was first announced last year, one of the big questions is how the Pokemon franchise would adapt to the hybrid console/handheld gaming system. Game Freak, the developer of the main Pokemon games, has steadfastly kept Pokemon on Nintendo's portable systems instead of moving to a household console, citing how the Game Boy and its predecessors worked well with their vision for the franchise.
However, the Nintendo Switch IS a portable gaming system, albeit one with souped up graphics capabilities. And when the Nintendo Switch first launched, many expected that the Pokemon franchise would eventually make the switch (no pun intended) over to Nintendo's new console.
Game Freak has publicly remained non-committal about Pokemon's future on the Nintendo Switch, but a new job listing indicates that they could soon be gearing up for a Switch game. Game Freak recently posted a job listing for a character modeler. The job listing is in Japanese, but Joe Merrick (the siterunner of the definitive Pokemon news site Serebii) claims that Game Freak is looking for someone with experience creating human characters with "Wii U/Vita level intricacy."
Now, this isn't a guarantee that Game Freak is working on a Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. Game Freak has developed games outside of the Pokemon franchise before, although traditionally they've all been 2D style games. It's certainly possible that Game Freak is hiring a character modeler for a different non-Pokemon project, and that this job listing is a bunch of hype over nothing.
If Game Freak IS hiring 3D character modelers for a new Pokemon game, it's probably not related to the rumored "Pokemon Stars" game that was supposedly on its way to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Pokemon Stars was allegedly a sequel to this fall's Pokemon Sun and Moon, made for the Switch with new Pokemon and new features for the game. Game Freak has never split up a "generation" of games between two consoles before, so that rumor was a bit far fetched to begin with.
You can check out the job listing on Game Freak's site and speculate about the future of the Pokemon franchise below in our comments section.