Late last month, Nintendo announced the next video game installments in the beloved Pokemon franchise: Sword and Shield. The starters for those games were revealed as Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble. Now, new fan art imagines the latter-most of the three in the live-action style of the upcoming Detective Pikachu movie.
The image comes from Ubisoft concept artist RJ Palmer on Twitter. “Sorry I’m late with this guy but I had to finish my real work before jumping in,” he wrote. “Sobble is pretty dope, hopefully it stays a lizard through its evos. Also I feel like no one is talking about how it can apparently turn invisible.” Palmer is also working on the Detective Pikachu film.
Sorry I’m late with this guy but I had to finish my real work before jumping in. Sobble is pretty dope, hopefully it stays a lizard through its evos. Also I feel like no one is talking about how it can apparently turn invisible. #PokemonSwordShield pic.twitter.com/UVagwmy4n3
— RJ Palmer (@arvalis) February 28, 2019
There are rumors that a sequel to Detective Pikachu is already in development, despite the fact the film hasn’t even released yet. There are also reports there are talks of a live-action movie based on Pokemon Red and Blue, the first games in the Western-version series. Pokemon began in Japan in 1996 with Pocket Monsters Red and Green and has since become the highest-grossing media franchise ever, with characters appearing in animated films, toys and, now, live-action movies.
Pokemon Sword and Shield are developed by The Pokemon Company and published by Nintendo. It is expected to be released for the Nintendo Switch sometime in late 2019.
Directed by Rob Letterman, Detective Pikachu stars Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and the voice of Ryan Reynolds. The film opens in theaters on May 10.