Detective Pikachu 2 Gets A Surprise Reveal on the Internet. Slated to be Released “Soon”

Before the movie, Detective Pikachu hit the Nintendo 3DS family of systems back in 2016. We got to see a special little talking Pikachu dressed up as Sherlock Holmes. Tim Goodman collaborated with Pikachu on a mystery-solving adventure game, walking around scenes and sniffing out clues. But we could soon get another installment of the game, Detective Pikachu 2 pretty soon as information is starting to surface in regard to the title.

Detective Pikachu 2 Details Revealed Via LinkedIn Post

Information pointing towards the second iteration of the title was spotted by a Famiboards user on LinkedIn. The user found an entry on the website for Jonathan Murphy, a senior game programmer who works over at Creatures Inc. The entry informed users on LinkedIn that he’s been working on an unannounced project and it’s nearing release. In his own words, he was working on Detective Pikachu 2. The game, which the Pokemon Company announced several years ago currently has no official release date.

The last we heard of the game was when news about a job listing surfaced on the internet for Creatures Inc back in February. It was in the ad that a programmer by the name KT revealed that he was:

We’re working on the sequel to Detective Pikachu, programming the drawing area, while also creating a system in the Environment Development Office that will serve as the foundation for future game production in general.

With new technologies appearing every day, I believe that ray tracing, which calculates the colour and brightness of objects by tracking light rays, and super-resolution technologies such as DLSS will become indispensable, KT

Currently, the environment development department is working on supporting physics-based rendering and is looking for a balance between realism and Pokemon-ness. With new technologies appearing every day, ray tracing, which calculates the color and brightness of objects by tracing light rays, and super-resolution technology such as DLSS, will probably become essential. We are also paying attention to the technologies introduced in the latest game engines such as Unreal Engine 5. – KT

There are rumors floating around that Detective Pikachu 2 will be bringing the Unreal Engine 5 into the mix to potentially resemble the visuals of the standalone Detective Pikachu movie. The Nintendo Switch could definitely pull that off with a few compromises. Currently, the Switch supports Unreal Engine 5 and Detective Pikachu 2 could be a prime candidate for it. But that might not be the case as all the job posts and interviews pointing toward Detective Pikachu 2 list the Unity Engine.

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Detective Pikachu from the 2016 Detective Pikachu release for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems | Nintendo Store

As for a sequel to the Detective Pikachu movie, despite how successful the movie was, the rumors for a sequel to the movie title were soon crushed by one of the original stars of the film. Justice Smith informed in an interview that as much as he’d like to be on board with a Detective Pikachu 2, he isn’t all too sure that might happen in the coming future. 

“I would love to participate in Detective Pikachu 2” Smith said, adding: “I don’t know if it’s going to happen. I think we have to just kind of bury our hopes. I don’t think it’s going to happen. I really hope so though. Honestly, I’m such a huge fan, who knows, who knows? I hope so.” – Justice Smith

Originally announced back in 2019, the sequel to Detective Pikachu is said to build upon the first iterations storyline. Detective Pikachu 2 will be available on the Nintendo Switch when it’s released.

So, what do you think of the upcoming Detective Pikachu 2 for the Nintendo Switch? Will fans get to enjoy a fun yet simple Unity release or will we get an Unreal Engine 5-powered showcase with a new Switch variant added into the mix? Let us know your views in the comments below. We upload daily on Appuals so stay tuned for more. Till then, see you later and goodbye.


Naseer Abbas

Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.
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