Game Freak has announced that they’ll be doing a yearlong parade of legendaries to revisit and celebrate some of their designs. Interestingly enough, this celebration will be beginning with Dialga and Palkia. These two represent space and time, and were the poster children for Generation 4. Developers Shigeki Morimoto, Kazumasa Iwao, and Shigeru Ohmori from Game Freak participated in an interview to mark the occasion.

Now, this gets our suspicions going. Of all the Pokemon to begin with, why Dialga and Palkia? If they were looking for a starting point, Arceus might have made more sense. Or Gen 1 legendaries, such as the elemental birds or Mewtwo and Mew. Naturally, we were tempted to think a remake might be coming, this year. And it very well may. However, it doesn’t seem likely Game Freak would announce that so early. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire didn’t get a reveal until May, and got its first real trailer at E3. Heart Gold and Soul Silver followed a similar trend.

Instead, we think that the rumored February Direct may feature an official reveal for the Switch Pokemon game. As we’ve recently discovered, Nintendo may internally consider this a 2018 title. The Switch game may have something to do with Diamond and Pearl’s legendaries, specifically these two. That would also pave the way for Diamond and Pearl remakes to hit the Switch in 2019. Coincidentally, that would line up perfectly with the trend of releasing a new set of remakes every five years.

Dialga and Palkia

Diamond and Pearl were the series debut on the Nintendo DS.

Only time will tell if anything comes of our wild speculation. Until then, be sure to stick around, as we’ll be covering any and all major announcements by Game Freak or Nintendo regarding the Pokemon series and the upcoming Switch title.