Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl are regarded by some as the best games in the series, and ever since the 3rd generation of games got some remake love all the way back in 2014, a lot of fans have been wanting the same for Diamond and Pearl.
In the same way that remakes have become pretty commonplace in the video game industry, rumors and leaks on potential upcoming video games have become customary among fans. The Pokemon community is no exception to this, and the rumor mill for Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl remakes has been working overtime as of late. There's so many rumors at this point, it can be a little overwhelming to sift through them all.
Gigantamaxing is one of many new features that the Pokemon series has introduced to spice up battles. Like the Z-Moves and Mega Evolutions before it, Gigantamaxing transforms the player's Pokemon, turning them into colossal versions of themselves and giving them devastating attack moves. And essentially, one rumor claimed that Gigantamaxing would appear in the Diamond and Pearl remakes.
It then went on to list some of the Pokemon that will be able to Gigantamax in the purported remake, including the final evolutions of the game's three starters. As most rumors should be taken with a decently sized pile of salt, fans should wait for confirmation on this one, but it would make some sense as the 3rd gen remakes also contained forms of Mega Evolution.
The next rumor comes in the form of a tweet from Game Freak producer Junichi Masuda. Masuda didn't quite leak anything or directly tease something, but the photo that he used in his tweet caught the attention of eagle-eyed Pokemon fans. The photo in question had a bunch of plush Psyduck grouped up in a circle, reminiscent of a similar moment in Diamond and Pearl when the player is blocked by several Psyduck that are experiencing one collective headache. This could have been Masuda's way of hinting that the remakes are on their way. Considering this was also a New Year's tweet, Masuda could have been insinuating that the remake will be coming in 2021.
One of the more recent rumors comes from Spanish outlet Pokemon Center, which claims to have sources close to The Pokemon Company. This rumor centers around the reveal window for the Diamond and Pearl remake, and it would appear to be coming soon. According to the source, the reveal is going to come some time in February, but it didn't specify when.
One of the unfortunate side effects of rumors like this one is that there tends to not be any specific information other than that "something" is going to happen. That being said, this reveal window would coincide perfectly with Pokemon Day, which usually falls on February 27th, and the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise. If the rumor is to be believed, announcing the remakes on this day would make perfect sense and be a great way to celebrate.
The most recent Diamond and Pearl rumor that has a lot of fans all riled up comes from a leaked merchandise listing from Pokemon leaker Centro Pokemon LEAKS. In most situations, a merchandise leak wouldn't really point to a potential game reveal, but this one could be an exception. The main cause for excitement with this leak is the fact that Diamond and Pearl's three starters make an appearance.
There was also a number of other Pokemon that were introduced in the 4th generation that were featured in the merchandise, specifically Riolu, Lucario, Leafeon, Glaceon, Munchlax, and Pachirisu. When it comes to Pokemon merchandise, there's usually a focus placed on more popular characters like Pikachu or Charmander. The inclusion of these specific characters could very well mean that The Pokemon Company is getting ready for a big Diamond and Pearl marketing push.
Like any rumors for any game, the rumors listed here should be approached with a layer of skepticism. The Pokemon series is known for having some farfetched rumors that can misdirect fans that are genuinely looking forward to a game. That being said, these rumors can also be a great way to stoke excitement and give players something to look forward to until an official announcement is made. With Pokemon Day fast approaching, and the Pokemon Snap remake coming in April, fans of the series should have plenty of content to hold them over until more news on a Diamond and Pearl remake becomes available.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Remakes are not confirmed to be in development.