So with the evidence overwhelmingly confirming Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee are real, it hit me recently exactly what GameFreak is going for here and that the gen 8 games fans have been clamoring for are still on their way and these are absolutely not meant to be them. If you look at the pattern since Gen 4, a remake has always come near the end of each gen.The reason Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee are throwing so many off, myself included at first, is because a) GameFreak has never switched consoles mid gen. The first Pokemon games on a system have always kicked off a new gen. And b) everyone expected the gen 7 remakes to be Diamond/Pearl for the obvious reasons.
But it makes perfect sense why GF would have bucked the trend/expectations in both of those cases when you think about it, and it's a good thing. I for one have always been reluctant to believe the gen 8 games would hit this year. This isn't a normal system jump for GF, they're making a huge leap from handheld to console/HD development for the first time in franchise history. It's going to take a longer dev time than normal, maybe even longer than any of us anticipated. Perhaps GF realized to make the gen 8 games for Switch they wanted would take several years out from the Switch release. The problem being that demand for a Switch Pokemon game has been through the roof since Switch launched ,and I doubt Nintendo was willing to wait 3+ years post launch for the first titles in the franchise to hit the system.
So what better way than a remake for GF to get their feet wet in HD development and use it as a bit of a testing ground for what will work and what won't? Now of course it seems like the obvious route would have been to make the gen 4 remakes, but the only reason these remakes ever started getting made in the first place was to capitalize on fan nostalgia. I for one have never seen huge nostalgia for the post-gen 3 games. The vast majority of nostalgia in the fanbase is contained in those first 3 gens. And gen 1 is the undisputed nostalgia champ by a mile. Especially after Pokemon Go was so massive a couple years ago and really cemented the gen 1 pokemon as the most iconic and recognizable. So from a sales standpoint, it simply makes far more sense to revisit gen 1 than gen 4.
Basically, my theory is that Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee are simply the late gen 7 remakes we should have expected to get all along looking at history. The good thing about it being on Switch is that it gives them an outlet to hone their HD development skills and test what they want to use for the 8th gen. The rumored Go features for example are probably being put in to see how the fanbase reacts to them so they can decide just how much they want to incorporate that into the 8th gen games. These allow GF to release a Pokemon game to tide eager Switch owners over until they make the true next gen jump in 2020 or so, so they can have the dev time to give fans far more what they've been hoping Gen 8 on a console would be.Last edited by HyrulianScrolls - on 18 May 2018