The elusive Detective Pikachu 2 Switch game shows signs of life

It could be an “imminent exit”

In mid-2019, Nintendo announced Detective Pikachu 2continuation of Detective Pikachu game (which ended on an unresolved note)…and not a word has been said since then. Let’s look at the timeline of how everything Detective Pikachu-relative decreased.

The complete timeline of the Detective Pikachu series

  • February 2016: A reduced three-chapter version of the game was released in Japan titled “Birth of a new duo“, which is the character’s first major appearance as Detective Pikachu.
  • March 2018: The full version of Detective Pikachu was released worldwide on 3DS, with a nine-chapter storyline (and a giant accompanying amiibo).
  • May 2019: The Detective Pikachu made its theatrical debut and broke video game box office records (a sequel game was later announced for Switch).

So this new late 2022 update actually boils down to a LinkedIn profile of Jonathan Murphy, who worked on the game at Creatures Inc (the studio that developed the first entry). As spotted by Famiboards user MetalLord, Murphy used the phrase “worked on an unannounced project and a approaching the exit, Detective Pikachu 2.“Murphy has since changed his LinkedIn profile to note that the game is ‘in development’, removing an ‘imminent release’ mention.

Honestly, that’s pretty explosive information if it’s actually correct, especially if Nintendo is aiming for a mid-2023 release to spice up the Nintendo Switch lineup. While the jury is out on the accuracy of this LinkedIn statement, at the very least, Detective Pikachu 2 is still in development. Some of us want to know how the game ends (assuming it’s not the same as the movie)!

Chris Carter

Director of Reviews, Co-EIC – Chris has been avidly enjoying Destructoid since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, create an account and start blogging in January 2009. Now he’s on staff!

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