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Major 2K Games Franchise Returning Next Year

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Take-Two has announced that a new title from one of 2K Games’s biggest series will release in the 2019 fiscal year (which runs from April 2018 to March 2019).

Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two CEO, delivered the news as part of a recent earnings report, but stopped short of announcing what that game might be: “Looking ahead, we expect fiscal 2019 to be a record year for Net Bookings and net cash provided by operating activities led by the upcoming launches of Rockstar Games’s Red Dead Redemption II and a highly anticipated new title from one of 2K’s biggest franchises.”

Given the bullish prediction, few possibilities regarding the game’s identity present themselves. Borderlands 3 is, perhaps, the most likely candidate, as a new entry in that series was confirmed back in 2015. However, 2K’s portfolio also includes Bioshock and Mafia, though new iterations in either of those series have not been hinted at to date.

Regardless, Red Dead Redemption II will be the biggest release for Take-Two when it releases in the northern hemisphere’s spring. That game recently received a debut story trailer, revealing some hints as to the plotline.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Emphasizes Original Game Creation

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Game Freak, best known for the Pokémon franchise, is starting to emphasize and prioritize original game creation.

In an interview with Video Game Chronicle, Masayuki Onoue, a director at Game Freak, says that the company has launched Gear Project, an initiative in which developers pitch ideas during slower periods between big releases to create more original games other than just Pokémon.

Onoue also spoke about Production Team 1 and Team 2 at Game Freak, the first prioritizing Gear Project for the company as a whole and the second focusing on Pokemon. He noted that Gear Project allows the developers to gain more experience working on different platforms such as PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, as well as transferring new skills and techniques they learned back to the Pokémon team.

Some of the games that Game Freak has released so far through Gear Project are HarmoKnight, Pocket Card Jockey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker. Game Freak is also developing Town, an RPG game that was shown off in a Nintendo Direct back in September 2018 and is due out this year.

Additionally, Game Freak is working on Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, the latest entries in Nintendo’s flagship franchise. Both of those are set to release later this year.

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