An open world Pokemon game is “still on the cards”

Yesterday we brought to you an interview that Game Freak director Junichi Masuda had with Eurogamer where he discussed many different aspects of Pokemon Let’s Go, as well as the future of the Pokemon series. In that interview, there was one part that caught people’s eye so let’s take a read:

Eurogamer: Okay, thanks for answering that – even if I can’t say it until everyone already knows! So last time we spoke, back at the Let’s Go reveal in Japan, the topic of open-world Nintendo Switch games came up, like Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey, and you mentioned that there’s a possibility that one day Pokémon might follow suit. I know that’s purposefully vague, but is that still something that’s being considered? Is that something that you see one day happening on the Switch?

Junichi Masuda: Well you know in general, I always want to be kind of facing new challenges and trying to you know, do new things with Pokémon. You know it’s a different matter whether players will actually enjoy that kind of playstyle, but really you know, things like setting up an AI so that you know real world Pokémon appear, or different ways to appreciate the game, I’m always kind of thinking how to approach the Pokémon series from a different aspect so, in that sense, it’s still on the cards.

So to sum that up, Junichi Masuda is saying that an open world Pokemon game is “still on the cards” and could very much happen in the future. Whilst we know that Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee wont be open world games, there is still a chance that the 2019 Pokemon game (for the Nintendo Switch) could be the series first attempt at a more open game like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Source: Nintendo Life


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