- Game Freak’s filing for the trademark “PAND LAND” has fans speculating if it will be the title for its upcoming Project Bloom.
- “PAND LAND” and Project Bloom may be connected, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
- Fans are eagerly awaiting updates on Project Bloom and whether “PAND LAND” will be used as the final title.
A recently published trademark filing for “PAND LAND” by Game Freak has fans wondering if this will be the official title for the studio’s previously announced Project Bloom. Game Freak and Private Division announced Project Bloom in May 2023, and this newly publicized trademark may be connected to that game.
Game Freak is the primary developer of the Pokemon games, including recent releases such as Pokemon Scarlet and Violet and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Game Freak is now working to introduce a wholly original IP. Whether “PAND LAND” and Project Bloom are connected has not been confirmed, but fans have already begun speculating on possible ties between the two.
Game Freak’s Mysterious New IP is Stuck Between a Rock and Hard Place
Game Freak and Private Division are working on a new IP that could easily put the studio at odds with the massive Pokemon fanbase it has built.
As first reported by Gematsu, Game Freak filed two trademarks in Japan for “PAND LAND,” with one in Japanese and one in English. The Japanese trademark was filed and registered in November 2023, and the English trademark was filed in late December 2023 and registered January 12, 2024. More often than not, trademarks are filed when names and branding have been fully finalized, though last-minute changes can nullify this general practice. Trademarks are recommended to be registered well in advance of a brand or product being launched, so this “PAND LAND” registration does not necessarily indicate that Game Freak is nearing the completion of any project. While no official statement has been shared by Game Freak or Private Division regarding this new title, fans of Game Freak’s previous work may want to stay tuned for future updates.
What is Project Bloom?
A collaboration between Game Freak and Private Division, Project Bloom is an upcoming action-adventure game, due to be released sometime between April 2025 and May 2026. Neither studio has revealed much information on the title, with a single frame of artwork serving as the only sneak peek at what fans can expect. The art depicts a lone figure in what may be samurai gear standing in the middle of a mysterious forest. With the publication of the recent trademark filings, fans have begun to speculate that “PAND LAND” may in fact be a potential final title for Project Bloom. It is key to note that companies frequently file trademarks that are never utilized, so there is no guarantee that this trademark title will ever be used. However, as action-adventure video games remain popular, Game Freak is poised to eventually introduce its new IP.
As Game Freak fans continue to discuss the future of Pokemon games, many are curious about Project Bloom and its potential title of “PAND LAND.” Some are worried that a new IP could lead Game Freak to neglect the Pokemon franchise, though this is just speculation. As audiences await official confirmation on the status of Project Bloom, it remains to be seen if “PAND LAND” will become a new IP or be left at the trademark stage.