Tencent is teaming up with the Pokemon Company to collaborate on new game projects. The Pocket Monster hunting property will be fodder for the developer of some of the largest mobile games, especially in China.
In the release posted to Weibo, there's no specific mention of a named project yet, but rather a collaboration. Considering Tencent's heavy involvement in the mobile scene, we can likely expect something on that platform.
Tencent's TiMi Studio Group will take the lead on making new games with the Pokemon Company (via Bloomberg). TiMi is most notably known for its recent adaptation of Call of Duty to mobile platforms, as well as working on games like Arena of Valor. That game, a mobile MOBA that's huge in China and garners massive revenue, could give you an idea of the scope and scale this partnership is aiming to achieve.
It remains to be seen what Tencent might add to the Pokemon Company's mobile portfolio that doesn't conflict with those two ongoing projects. Perhaps a Pokemon auto chess? Tencent is already in the auto chess game with Riot Games, but the world of Pokemon seems a perfect fit. That would also make it easier to get my coworkers here on the autobattler bandwagon. Let me dream, okay? We'll see what this new partnership has in store as it starts to announce what projects it has.
In the meantime, The Pokemon Company remains quite busy with a multitude of entertainment projects. Pokemon Sword and Shield is apt to be a success on Nintendo Switch in November, though it remains embroiled in a controversy over the limitations of its Pokedex.