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Pokémon Sword and Shield Art Director Starts New Studio

James Turner, the art director at Game Freak, perhaps best known for his work on the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield for the Nintendo Switch, has recently announced that he be leaving the company to start his own video game venture with a close friend. The new video game studio will be titled All Possible Futures, and Turner stated in the announcement Tweet that everyone should look forward to what they have been putting together for a while.

James Turner’s Work Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield and New Game Studio Announcement

James Turner, best known for being the Art Director for 8th Generation Pokémon games, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, has announced via a Tweet that he will be leaving Game Freak in order to form a new game studio, titled All Possible Futures.

James Turner’s history with the Pokémon franchise goes all the way to 2010 with the release of Pokémon Black and White, where he was the very first Western artist to officially design Pokemon for the game. He has designed a total of 22 Pokemon across three generations from Pokémon Black and White onward, including the Vanillite line, Gigantamax Gengar, and the Galarian variations of the Zigzagoon line featured in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

Official Art of the Galarian Zigzagoon Line by James Turner - Pokémon Sword and Shield

James Turner worked for Genius Sorority for about eight years prior to working with Game Freak, which was the company behind the Gamecube spinoff titles Pokémon Colosseum and Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness. He also directed the 2012 Nintendo 3DS eShop title HarmoKnight.

According to the Tweet, the new studio, All Possible Futures, already has its first title in the works, which Turner said would be revealed “very soon” with a brand new trailer. No actual information about this new project nor the release date for the trailer has been revealed at this time.

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