Game Freak has been the primary focus on the Pokémon series for about thirty years now. The most recent Pokémon titles were released late last year, with the most recent being Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
Because of that, it's easy to overlook that they've also developed other games, such as Drill Dozer on the Game Boy Advance, HarmoKnight and Pocket Card Jockey on the Nintendo 3DS, and Tembo the Badass Elephant, Giga Wrecker, and Little Town Hero on other consoles.
None of these games have even remotely surpassed the popularity of the Pokémon series, but Game Freak is intensifying their efforts to change this by 2023, according to the developers.
According to the two companies, it has been ten years since they had a department dedicated solely to developing original games; but now they're working with external companies to make the process simpler, and, in turn, they're hoping to create more than just "small-scale projects." Along with these changes, Game Freak said, they're hoping to contribute to more original titles that will be "admired by lots of people across the world, like the Pokémon series."
It's a lofty goal considering how popular and universally liked the Pokémon series has become, and how it fared in terms of sales, but it also had humble beginnings once upon a time, so anything is possible.
Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! will be released on iOS devices on January 20, but after that, there's a good possibility we'll see something completely different and unique—and everybody is eager to see what it might be.