Game Freak is a Japan-based video game studio known for creating and developing Pokémon video games, including the very first like Pocket Monster Red And Green And Pokemon Red And Blue. Today it was announced that the studio is collaborating with the publisher known for publishing house Private Division Kerbal space program Franchise, Ancestors: The Human Odyssey, The Outer WorldsAnd OlliOlli world. Their next highly anticipated title is codenamed Project Bloom, an action-adventure game.
The debut concept art has been released, featuring a fantastic forest setting with a samurai character in the foreground.
The concept art is a departure from the developer’s Pokémon series, which is filled with cute and cuddly creatures like Meowth and Pikachu. We see a lone figure with a sword at his waist in a very detailed and somber setting.
The game’s director, Kota Furushima, reveals why the studio wanted to work with Project Division on the new IP.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to create a new IP that is bold and sonically different from our previous work,” said Kota Furushima, Director at Game Freak. “From the start, Private Division was the publisher we wanted to work with on our new game. Their track record and global expertise gives us the confidence to create an immersive new action-adventure game that we look forward to sharing more about in the future.”
This is Game Freak’s first time working with a western publisher.
“In the last three decades, few studios have released more iconic hits than Game Freak,” said Michael Worosz, Take-Two Interactive’s chief strategy officer and head of its private division. “We stand ready to help Game Freak fulfill its potential and are honored to be the first Western publisher to work with this exceptionally talented and proven team to bring a bold new IP to market.”
Project Bloom development is still in its early stages and no, there isn’t much information out there. However, it is expected to be released by Take-Two in fiscal 2026.