Game Freak and the future of Pokémon
During an interview with Eurogamer, Shigeru Ohmori, game director of Pokémon Sword and Pokemon Shield, revealed Game Freak’s ambitions for the new mechanics introduced in the next eighth-generation chapters, coming to Nintendo Switch on November 15th.
The world of video game development is constantly updated, and entire franchises are continuously adapted to the needs of the players and the weather. This is also the case with Pokémon, where the concept of evolution is at home.
We know that Game Freak has a very cautious approach to changes in its video games, such as new Pokemon character, some would even say very slow, but in recent years this timetable may likely have been speeded up: it is from Pokémon X and Y that we have had changes really consistent, and already with Pokémon Sun and Moon we tried to go further, or, better to say, “ultra”. Game Freak assures us that we’ll see more changes in Pokémon Sword and Shield, but it’s not over.
In the course of the interview, Eurogamer asked Ohmori if some game elements that are already present in other RPG games but that we will see for the first time in Pokémon Sword and Shield, like raids or self-rescue, we will continue to find them also in the future chapters of the series. The response of the game director was as follows:
“To say it all what we want to do with this kind of thing is, first of all, to observe how Pokémon Sword and Shield are received, to see which of these features are appreciated or praised by players, and so on in the future. Obviously, other games do things like that; but we, in essence, only want to focus on what is good and what we can improve, based on the impressions we will receive for Sword and Shield, and to think about what we would like to include in future games“Shigeru Ohmori
Despite the many changes in recent generations, it seems that Game Freak, however, still uses very cautious approaches. In short, among the many things for the first time, we will have to deal with a free camera after more than 20 years of videogame history, and the fact that this feature is only present in a limited area says a lot about prudence in the inclusion of new features in the Pokémon franchise.
There are also some rumors about a partnership with Tilt Five for new holographic functions. Soon, maybe, we could have a real Pokémon open-world videogame with a free camera, besides Pokemon Go, and got rid of old technologies and issues.
What do next? What new features about Pokémon Sword and Shield?
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