Today Pokémon Developer Game Freak announced that they are working on a new Action-Adventure game. Take-Two subsidiary Private Division is publishing the game. The brand-new IP, code-named “Project Bloom”, is in early development and is scheduled to release during the 2026 fiscal year. Project Division put out a press-release showing concept art for the game. The art shows a character dressed in samurai garb, complete with a jingasa hat, standing in a sunlit forest. The visuals invoke the atmosphere of the Dark Souls series.
Development Details So far
Game Freak’s Kota Furushima gave a quote. His providing a quote suggests that he will be acting as the director for the game. Furushima has worked on battle planning and UI for Pokémon Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Pokémon Legends Arceus. This will be Furushima’s first time acting as the director for a game. In 2019 Game Freak revealed an internal initiative, titled “Gear Project”. The initiative lets employees pitch and develop new IPs during the lulls between Pokémon development cycles. It is likely that Project Bloom is the result of the Gear Project initiative.
From the beginning, Private Division was the publisher we wanted to work with on our new game. Their track record and global expertise give us all the confidence to create a sweeping new action-adventure game that we can’t wait to share more about in the future.
— Kota Furushima, Director at Game Freak
Private Division has published popular titles such as Kerbal Space Program, Olli Olli World, and The Outer Worlds. Project Bloom will be Game Freak’s first new IP since 2019’s Little Town Heroes, and appears to be Game Freak’s most ambitious non-Pokémon title to date. Private Division will be the first western publisher to work with GAME FREAK. Currently, no platforms have been announced for Project Bloom. Private Division states to stay tuned to their social channels for future announcements.
SOURCE: Press Release