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Pokémon X and Y is sticking to the status quo

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After a decade and a half, the core gameplay of Pokemon is very much the same. Folks battle, Pokémon have the same amount of moves as John Cena and there’s a rock-paper-scissors foundation to matching and beating certain Pokémon types. And don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Speaking to VentureBeat, Pokémon X & Y director Junichi Masuda said that the franchise won’t be making any massive changes in the future. Which rules out a jump onto bigger hardware platforms or more online options.

That’s because Pokémon works best in the form that it already has according to Masuda, as a ”communication tool”.

“Players would meet up and trade Pokémon with each other. That’s also why we had two versions, just so there would be different Pokémon in the versions to encourage players to trade. That’s also why we had the Pokédex and all these other elements, to encourage people to want to trade Pokémon and communicate with other players in real life,” Masuda said.

The great thing about handhelds is, of course, that you can go meet people and play with them in real locations. With Pokémon X and Y, we have the Player Surf System this time, the PSS, where icons of players near by will show up as they’ve decided to express themselves. If you dress up your character, that face will appear.

You can tap on that person and interact with them – trade, battle. You can make friends that way easily, we think. But you can also go home and turn on the internet mode and interact with players from around the world and do the exact same things – trade and battle with them.

So one thing that we think is great about handhelds is that they facilitate both of these styles of play – going somewhere in real life and interacting in person as well as being able to play with other players over the Internet. So that’s why we continue to develop on the handheld platforms.

That’s a dedication to the series format that also means that we won’t see a Pokémon MMO. Ever:

Of course, we hear all the opinions we get from our fans about an MMORPG. But right now, we’re still unsure whether this core gameplay at the center of Pokémon – catching the Pokémon and raising them – would really translate well or really match the MMORPG format.

Right now we think the best way for the widest possible audience to enjoy the games is the way we develop them now.

That’s not to say that other Pokémon games won’t make their way onto the Wii U in the future. There’s a ton of cash to be squeezed out from the franchise, and while I’d love to see a proper Pokemon game on a bigger screen, I tend to agree with Masuda.

They’ve focused on bringing the core games to one platform, and it’s worked well so far. So don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

Last Updated: September 20, 2013

7 Comments

  1. Yeah kinda gotta agree. If they change the formula too much it would most likely hurt the franchise more than anything else.

    As long as each new game brings some new features it’s ok. But base gameplay needs to stay the same.

    Although it does suck that an MMO isn’t in the cards. I think it could be very successful and can be done. But meh, that’s just me

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    • Otto_ki

      September 20, 2013 at 13:06

      Yea mostly it still does very well because it rides the nostalgia wave a lot, and changing a lot can seriously hurt the franchise.

      We really need to have a place where the community can share gamer ID’s for 3DS, XBox, PlayStation. Would be fun to communicate to everyone when in a game environment 😀

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  2. TiMsTeR I miss Gta V

    September 20, 2013 at 09:52

    They should make pokemon stadium again, maybe keep the Wii u from dieing.

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  3. That Dark Twit

    September 20, 2013 at 09:55

    I never got into the whole Pokémon thing.

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    • TiMsTeR I miss Gta V

      September 20, 2013 at 09:57

      I played it alot way back when pokemon red and blue came out but then pokemon became old news… hell even the tv series they changed it soo many times. First was 151 pokemon I don’t even know how many there are now… like 1 billion! hahaha

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  4. Kyou

    September 20, 2013 at 15:55

    HERE’S A BIG FUCK YOU TO THE PRODUCERS OF POKEMON ANIME!!! FUCK POKEMON BEST WISHES!!! FUCK POKEMON XY ANIME!!! FUCK ANYONE WHO LIKES BEST WISHES!!! FUCK ANYONE WHO LIKES POKEMON X AND Y!!! FUCK ANYONE WHO LIKES POKEMON XY ANIME!!! FUCK YOU ALL!!! SATOSHI WILL NEVER BECOME POKEMON MASTER IN THE NEW UPCOMING ANIME!!! POKEMON NEEDS TO END ALREADY!!! I WANT POKEMON X AND Y TO GET CANCELLED NOW!!! POKEMON BEST WISHES SERIES SUCKED!!!! BEST WISHES WAS THE WORST SERIES OF THE POKEMON ANIME!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!! WRITE A LETTER TO NINTENDO TO GET POKEMON ANIME OFF THE AIR FOR GOOD!!! I SHOULD RAGED AND BASHED POKEMON BEST WISHES WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT THREE FUCKING YEARS AGO!!! POKEMON BEST WISHES!? MORE LIKE POKEMON WORST WISHES!! FUCK YOU PRODUCERS OF POKEMON!!!

    R.I.P. POKEMON
    1996 – 2010

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  5. Kyou

    September 21, 2013 at 14:18

    HERE’S A BIG FUCK YOU GO GAME FREAK!!! YOU AIN’T TAKING MY FUCKING MONEY ASSHOLES!!!

    Reply

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