Detective Pikachu 2 Release Date Is Bad News For Scarlet & Violet DLC

The highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s incredibly popular 3DS classic, Detective Pikachu, Detective Pikachu Returns, is set to be released for the Nintendo Switch in October 2023, which may spell trouble for those looking forward to The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s upcoming DLC. Notably, the second installment in the Detective Pikachu series is now going to release in the same window as the DLC for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, set to be launched in Q3 and Q4 2023. The close release date of Detective Pikachu Returns and Scarlet and Violet’s upcoming DLC – split into two parts, The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk is likely bad news for those eagerly anticipating Gen 9’s expansion.

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Although announced in February 2022, and much looked forward to by fans of the latest main series installment of the Pokémon franchise, Scarlet and Violet’s upcoming DLC may be seriously affected by the upcoming Pokémon adventure and detective game. As a result of coinciding with the release of the long-awaited Pokémon adventure spin-off game, Detective Pikachu Returns, there could be some potentially negative consequences for the release of The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk.

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Detective Pikachu Returns’ Release Date Could Cause Delays

Detective Pikachu Returns' key art, featuing a bunch of Pokémon, including Detective Pikachu himself. In the shot, players can see Tim Goodman and a new female human character.

As the launch of the highly anticipated Detective Pikachu Returns is set to coincide with the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s upcoming DLC, there could potentially be some bad news in store for The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk. Although the close release dates could affect Scarlet and Violet’s DLC sales, the most likely consequence of Detective Pikachu Returns and Scarlet and Violet’s DLC sharing such close releases, is a launch date delay.

Although it was originally announced in 2019, Detective Pikachu Returns was a victim of numerous development setbacks, and seemingly almost abandoned until, during a 2023 Nintendo Direct event, it was announced for a second time. As confirmed during the event, Detective Pikachu Returns is set to be released in early October 2023 on the Nintendo Switch. The announcement trailer for Detective Pikachu Returns shows the talkative, coffee-drinking, Deerstalker-wearing Detective Pikachu and his young partner, Tim Goodman, working together to solve a series of incidents and mysteries that have occurred in Ryme City.

Detective Pikachu Returns seemingly demonstrates the desire of The Pokémon Company and Nintendo to further expand, and diversify the Pokémon franchise beyond the tried and true gameplay style of the other main series games such as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Like its predecessor, Detective Pikachu Returns is expected to be an adventure game and a narrative-focused experience. Unlike the main series Pokémon games, the player will not be catching and collecting Pokémon, but solving mysteries involving them. The puzzle at the core of the game is uncovering the mysterious origins of the detective Pikachu.

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet DLC Might Release Late In Their Windows

Collage artwork for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's The Teal Mask DLC, showing the two main characters up front, surrounded by new side characters and Pokémon in a festival atmosphere.

During the 2023 Pokémon Presents live stream, Takato Utsunomiya, the Chief Operating Officer of The Pokémon Company, announced that DLC was set to be released for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet in Fall and Winter 2023. The event showcased both of the expansions from The Hidden Treasure of Area ZeroThe Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk. Set to be released around Detective Pikachu Returns, it seems likely that the first wave of Scarlet and Violet DLC will probably launch later in Q3 2023 than initially expected, now with the second wave likewise pushed back even further in Q4 2023.

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Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s DLCs are set to be released later in the game’s lifespan than fans have come to expect, with the DLC of previous main series Pokémon games released much sooner after release. Although no major details about either of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s DLCs were given during the 2023 Pokémon Day livestream, The Pokémon Company did upload a brief description of The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk on the Pokémon website. Perhaps the most significant revelation released on the website is that Pokémon Scarlet and Violet‘s DLCs, The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk, will be experienced completely separately but will revolve around a connected story.

As also revealed by The Pokémon Company on the official website, Scarlet and Violet‘s first DLC, The Teal Mask, will see the player go on a school trip to Kitakami, an area outside of the Paldea region. Whilst on their school trip, players will have to unravel the secrets and mysteries of Kitakami before they can proceed to the second stage of the DLC, The Indigo Disk. In The Indigo Disk, the player will experience life as an exchange student, visiting the Blueberry Academy, a school mostly submerged under the ocean with a curriculum focused on the battling of powerful Pokémon.

The Future Of The Detective Pikachu Series

Detective Pikachu holds a magnifying glass.

The original Detective Pikachu game was enormously popular, selling over 120,000 copies on the Nintendo 3DS in Japan alone. If the 2016 Detective Pikachu game is anything to go by, its sequel, Detective Pikachu Returns will be a critical and commercial success; plus, it will have the advantage of being released on the Nintendo Switch, a significantly better-selling console than the 3DS – perhaps suggesting that it could outsell its predecessor. Furthermore, the original Detective Pikachu game was so popular that it received a live-action movie in 2019 – an adaptation that reportedly grossed over $433 million dollars at the box office.

Although the pending release of Detective Pikachu Returns could signal bad news for The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk, it could potentially mean good things for a sequel to the Detective Pikachu movie. Released in 2019, the original film, staring Ryan Reynolds voicing the titular detective Pikachu, was a loose adaptation of the enormously popular 2018 3DS game. Although little is known about the sequel, in March 2023, it was reported to be in development, however, it is unclear when, and even if, the second Detective Pikachu movie will be released. Perhaps if Detective Pikachu Returns proves to be a successful game, a film adaptation may follow.

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