A recent new trademark spotted by the website Japanese Nintendo might have just given us some insight into Game Freak’s future plans. The trademark, for a media project called World Down, might be the next original IP that the studio works on, after Little Town Hero released last year.
While we have no idea of what the newly trademarked project involves, the trademark does indicate that it’s both for video games and card games, meaning we might get a competitor to Pokemon at some point if its new project turns out to be another monster-collecting and battling game.
Game Freak has been known for over twenty years as the developers of the Pokemon franchise, the biggest multimedia franchise on the planet. However, lately, the company has been spreading out from Pokemon. Back in December of last year, the company released Little Town Hero.
Little Town Hero revolved around the player taking on the role of a hero for their small village, helping to protect it and battle monsters while also discovering the secrets around the town via a card-battle system. World Down might be similar to Little Town Hero, or perhaps a refined version of the idea.
While Little Town Hero wasn’t a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, it did get lost in the fervor around the release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, though it’s supposed to be ported to the Playstation 4 sometime this year.
This likely is the second game from Game Freak’s Gear Project, which allows creators of the Pokemon games to use their down time to propose various new concepts. This project has resulted in a variety of games like Harmoknight, Pocket Card Journey, Tembo the Badass Elephant, and Giga Wrecker, alongside Little Town Hero.
Exactly what World Down will turn out to be remains to be seen, but hopefully it will provide a good opportunity for Game Freak to finally break away more from Pokemon.