Game News Pokémon: How many changes can be expected after the producer leaves?
Junichi Masuda, emblematic figure in Game Freak, left the ship for new adventures. What does this signify for the studio?
Game Freak’s house column, Junichi Masuda resigned as General Manager of Game Freak on May 31 : “I’m the director of the Pokémon video game series, from Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and I’ve been involved in making many video games, including Pokémon GO. I want to express my sincere gratitude to all the Pokemon fans“. In 1989, one who would later become a composer, project manager, programmer and producer set up his own studio with two other young people whose title was inspired by a fanzine distributed by Satoshi. Tajiri, legendary creator of Pokémon.Together with Ken Sugimori and Tajiri, they published Mendel Palace in 1989, then Mario & Yoshi in 1991. The Pokémon adventure began in 1996 with Red and Green versions in Japan.first with the release of Pokémon Scarlet / Violet.
In the future, I hope to transcend the boundaries of video games, trying to bring more surprises, fun and excitement to people around the world, while doing my best to connect with people, expand the circle to “play” and help create a richer world. to share. I appreciate your continued support in my new role.
With Masuda’s ardent supporters reassured, the man is less likely to go. He will now serve as Chief Creative Fellow of The Pokémon Company.. At Nintendo, the same prestigious position is occupied by a Shigeru Miyamoto. He is therefore in charge of creating and assisting teams that are not directly involved in the development of the games. “Masuda-san will use his deep understanding of the Pokémon brand to develop new services and products within the Pokémon Company, drawing on his years of experience and creative thinking.“, claims the Pokémon Company.
What does it predict?
Since a few years ago some complaints were raining down on Game Freak’s work, some players came forward to rejoice over Masuda’s departure. Back in the Sword/Shield days of 2019, Destructoid wrote “Game Freak and Pokémon Company should take the plunge or go home this year“.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are not up to par. Surely a franchise worth $ 92 billion could afford to have better-looking trees than The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time in 1998. As for the animations, there’s no reason that the Pokémon Colosseum in 2003 should has better combat animation than Sword and Shield.
In forums, it’s the same. “Can we all agree that GameFreak, as a developer, has more to disappoint fans than to wow them?“, can we read specifically on Reddit a few years ago. We accused an increasing ease, a loop in the game that struggled to change itself and to be inspiring enough as well as a technique that regularly retracted.of Sparkling Diamond and Sparkling Pearl.JC Smith, Marketing Director of Pokémon Company, spoke at the end of 2021 in Axios Gaming columns about the conflict between the desires of fans to have a story in their hands. more mature adaptation and the creative vision of the team: “There’s also a vision of what the creators want to deliver, and it’s about finding that delicate balance.“. However, can we consider Masuda responsible for the players ’discontent? On Twitter, journalist Joe Merrick has a clear opinion on the matter: “No, idiots, Masuda can’t be blamed for anything you don’t like about games. (…) This idea of Masuda and Ishihara as boogeymen stopping all your cravings from playing and who is responsible for anything you don’t want is an unreasonable perpetuation of constant misinformation and bile spread by youtubers in 2019. Stop it. “
You’re not idiots, Masuda can’t be blamed for everything you don’t like about games. This does not mean that the X feature will be added.
Good Lord, be respectful
—Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) June 1, 2022
Pokémon Scarlet / Violet, the good news?
Before leaving the nest, Masuda is unlikely to fail to work on Pokémon Scarlet / Purple, which was revealed in photos this Wednesday, June 1. These two versions are the first in the main series to offer a truly open world, similar to the one we discovered in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Game Freak also shows that these games can infuriate the saga by its openness, and the richness of its universe. The team also seems to rely heavily on online gaming beyond selling Pokémon remotely. What, sure, to please some fans waiting for change.
You will experience a new style of adventure in a world that you are free to explore, at your own pace and in any order, independent of the main story line. Of course, you need to improve your Pokémon Trainer skills, but many other discoveries and intrigues await you. Meet many individuals and Pokémon, and explore the Pokémon universe at your leisure.
Both versions will be available from November 18, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch.