Game Freak confirms Pokémon Let’s Go is a starting point for the next 20 years of Pokémon

In a recent interview with The Verge, Game Freak director Junichi Masuda confirmed that Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee are a starting point for the next 20 years of Pokémon.

“Through Pokémon, you can enrich people’s lives and have a positive impact on them,” Masuda told The Verge. The idea had never occurred to him before. “But afterwards, I definitely tried to focus on keeping the series positive, playing and making sure we don’t let people down.”

“Pokémon Go really did represent the second Pokémon boom, so to say, and it was really a rare opportunity that no one could have counted on. Especially the timing, with the 20th anniversary of Pokémon was the same year and we were able to create something that really resonated with the world again and just kind of create this huge explosion.” Without Niantic’s game, he says, he wouldn’t have been able to make Pokémon: Let’s Go. “[It’s] the whole idea of the throwing mechanic,” he says. “Also the concept of just having this living room experience where everyone will just kind of get together.”

“All this kind of new tech, it’s really exciting when you’re younger, but as I get older it becomes a lot more difficult,” he says. “Maybe 20 years from now you’ll understand what I’m saying.”

“The biggest thing I feel with Let’s Go is really hoping that it’s going to serve as sort of a base or starting point for the next 20 years of Pokémon,” he says. As for what Masuda envisions that future as, it’s undeniably sunny. “I really think it’s important that Pokémon continues to be a positive force in the world — makes people happier, enriches their lives through a variety of ways,” he says. “But I don’t think it needs to be a consistent, unchanging experience necessarily. I think there’s still a lot of room to explore variety, not only through the main series of games but also through the more spinoff titles.”

Source: The Verge

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