Nintendo fan projects haven't fared all that well as of late, but that's not stopping one long-in-development Pokémon fan game from planning on releasing in December all the same.

Called Pokémon Prism, the game has been in development by Nsomniart and TPP Devs alongside various artists, musicians and others over the past eight years. It's an extension of Pokémon Gold, and actually serves as a sequel to a popular Pokémon Red hack called Pokémon Brown.

The upcoming fan game sees players assuming the role of either the son or daughter of Pokémon Red & Blue Elite Four Champion Lance. Players find themselves in a new region of the world after taking an unexpected ride in a mine cart. There players will discover pocket monsters both familiar and new, as the game adds a number of unique new Pokémon and Pokémon types such as Gas, Sound, Abnormal and more. There are new HMs and TMs for players to collect, new minigames and even specific areas where players get to play as the Pokémon themselves.

It all sounds impressive, and it looks impressive too. The developers have streamed the game on Twitch in the lead up to its release, and so far it looks like it's definitely worth checking out for fans of the franchise.

However, the fact of the matter is that it remains to be seen if the game will release at all, and if it does, how long it will remain available. Another popular Pokémon fan game, Pokémon Uranium, released earlier this year to huge success, only for the developers to remove the game from the web a few weeks later because of the looming threat of Nintendo taking legal action. It's not just Pokémon fan projects that have been shut down either as of late. Everything from a Metroid II remake to Legend of Zelda recreations have seen Nintendo crack down.

Hopefully that won't be the case here, but it's easy to see how history might repeat itself in the coming months. Pokémon Prism will, fingers crossed, be available sometime in December. Meanwhile, the official Nintendo created Pokémon Sun & and Moon releases on Nov. 18 for Nintendo 3DS.

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