This is another post relating to Pokemon X & Y, and it is about the Japanese Press Release that we had posted about yesterday.
The following information comes straight from The Pokemon Company International Director Consumer of Marketing J.C Smith. The information originally seems to have surfaced on Polygon. Come jump inside for a further look into the information that (almost) went under our radar.
He had first been asked about if X and Y were a reboot for the franchise, and this is how he replied to the following question.
There’s never been a conscious decision to reboot. There’s always been an evolution of the look and feel; it just happens to be that we played Black and White, and Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and Diamond and Pearl, and Platinum — all of those games on the same platform. So it feels like it’s been a long time in the same way. But between the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and moving up into the DS now, it’s always had that change.
I am actually glad there never was a decision to just reboot the series. The Pokemon series is meant to evolve and move forward, not backward. However, if he meant by reboot, just remaking everything over again and again then sadly I’d never consider playing another entry again. I desire for something new, and X & Y are finally giving it.
Then, he was asked about on going 3D on the 3DS.
This game has been a long time coming. Obviously, Game Freak wanted to make sure that when they created this new universe on the 3DS, that it looked fantastic; both in the polygonal style and also when people are able to see the 3D effects as well. It’s really exciting to see the Pokemon come to life a little more. They’re always working hard to make sure the games are as slick and polished as possible. But with the new expression of that game — they’ve had the DS for three generations of games now, so I’m sure it took some getting used to to fully utilize the 3DS. But even in this early stage of development, it’s looking really cool.
Great, a new Pokemon game on the 3DS in 3D is what everyone on the Internet had wanted. We needed it to happen someday or year, and now it just is our chance. It will be amazing to see the game in full-fledged 3D on the nifty little 3DS. Now that they’re making it on the 3DS, and not the DS we can expect to see more done.
He is being asked about the design choices here, and this is how he had responded.
Pokemon series Producer and Director, Junichi Masuda, is still working on this project, and has been working on Pokemon games since the beginning. Moving to the new platform and having a new look and feel they decided that they wanted to pursue, just opened up their ideas to doing something a little different.
Well, it is good that we’re keeping the same design artist and/or team. I’ve always been a fan of the designs they did since Gen 1. We can just look at nature for a reference for Pokemon ideas and even areas to visit. This new look and feel I am hoping will amaze me and make me want to like the environment.
After being asked about design choices, he was asked about bringing new Pokemon alongside of the older Generation of Pokemon.
It’s unique. Everyone has their favorites, and sometimes a new one will pop up that makes it into their top ten. But I think that’s what keeps Pokemon interesting, is that you can still encounter your favorites while still finding new Pokemon, while finding new things in the game.
Yes, I love still seeing the older Generation of Pokemon in the games. I am glad we have not yet gotten rid of Gen 1, 2, and 3 Pokemon. Yes, he is right, still encountering your old favorites does make me still have an interest in the series.
And finally, he had been asked his thoughts on the worldwide launch.
We wanted to make sure, and Game Freak wanted to make sure, that everyone in the world could start trading, start battling, start communicating right from the beginning. It was never perfect when we had that lag. It’s certainly nice to have people at the same place. People who pick up the game on day one in Japan, and day one on the U.S. can start developing their teams quickly, and can start training and battling and have it be a little more fair.
I am glad we do not have to wait months or even days now for a Pokemon release worldwide. The 3DS is hard to pirate and an emulator has not been made and I am doubting one will ever be made. At least we all can trade, battle, and play at the same time.
And also, be sure to continue checking out PokemonDungeon.net for the latest information about the new Pokemon X and Y video game series coming to the 3DS in October 2013.