Nintendo has been pretty silent regarding a sequel to the original Detective Pikachu game since its original announcement back in 2019, but one high-ranking employee’s social networking page indicates we may not have to wait much longer.
As originally reported by Nintendo Life, Senior Programmer Jonathan Murphy’s LinkedIn profile mentions the game and claims its release date is approaching. According to Murphy’s profile, under the heading listing him as senior programmer for Creatures Inc and the development division of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, his job experience states he has “worked on one unannounced project and one nearing release, Detective Pikachu 2.” Murphy has held his current job title since September 2017.
The original Detective Pikachu was released in early February 2016 on the Nintendo’s 3DS handheld system, introducing a talking Pikachu character that would help the player solve mysteries. Nintendo first announced its plans to make the game sequel in 2019, the same year Warner Bros. brought the game’s story to the big screen in an early-summer blockbuster starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular Pikachu and Justice Smith as his human partner, Tim.
The movie adaptation, which shares a lot of elements with the original game in the soon-to-be series, did well at the box office, pulling in gross earnings of more than $433 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million, per Box Office Mojo. While the game was met with lukewarm criticism, the theatrical release nearly cracked the top three in our assessment of the best video game-based movies ever made. To date, it remains the only live-action Pokémon flick as well as being the highest grossing, dwarfing the roughly $163.6 million made by the second-place film on that list, 1999’s Pokémon: The First Movie.
With all the mainstream popularity earned by a spinoff to the Pokémon franchise, it’s not surprising that Nintendo would want to continue to capitalize on its intellectual property. According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), a movie sequel is in development but is not planned for release until July 2024, so time will tell how closely Nintendo wants to space out the various media in the spinoff franchise.
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