The studio is set to continue its partnership with Nintendo, according to a post on its professional news blog. Together, the two will expand their use of Niantic's AR software with the goal of bringing "Nintendo’s beloved characters to life in new ways."
"To kick off the partnership, Niantic and Nintendo are developing an app based on the Pikmin franchise," the studio wrote, "Slated to launch later this year, this will be the first title created by our Tokyo Studio since it was established in April 2018."
Niantic Labs is Working on an AR Pikmin Game
Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of information concerning the details of this new title. A good portion of the promotion around the game is centered on "gameplay activities to encourage walking and make walking more delightful." Additionally, fans can expect it to be a mobile app—likely meant to make the experience accessible wherever players are.
Niantic promised to share more information about the app as time goes on. According to a recent tweet from Nintendo, it is set to release later in 2021.
Those interested are encouraged to register to receive updates directly from Niantic using their update sign-up portal.