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Old 06-21-2017, 03:18 PM   #1
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Pokemon for Switch Coming 2018

GamesBeat recently had an interview with Nintendo of America communications director Charlie Scibetta. In the interview, Mr. Scibetta outlines 2018 as being centered around Metroid Prime 4, but also low-key confirmed the new Pokemon game for Switch that is currently in development will be released in 2018 as well.

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GamesBeat: For the rest of the year, what’s the big message? Obviously Mario, but is there anything else?

Charlie Scibetta: Games. If you want to be able to play games and not have a dry spell between any of the big launches, we think Nintendo Switch is a good place to be. We have a nice drumbeat of first and third party. You’ll never have to wait long.

Just as you get through a game and you’re starting to put your head up, put the periscope out to see what else is out there, hopefully we’ll have something right there for you. We’ve announced a nice lineup through this year, and next year we have some big games coming with Metroid 4. 2018 will be around Metroid, Kirby, Yoshi, new Pokemon game has been announced.We feel good about the lineup for this year and beyond.

So what do you think? Sinnoh remakes for Switch? Gen 8? Regardless, we probably won't get our hands on them until Q4 2018, as is recent tradition with new Pokemon games.
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The Switch: The demand, both inside and outside the hardcore Pokémon fandom, is most definitely present for a main series game on the Switch. In that sense, it makes sense to release a title no later than the last quarter of 2018 considering the Switch will already be 1ž years old by then. Whether outside fandoms recognize it or not, Pokémon is Nintendo's biggest franchise and has been now for quite some time. It would be foolish of Nintendo to not prioritize a main series release within the first few years of the console's lifetime, even more so than it would be to go two years without a Zelda or a Mario title.

Team Preparations: This is a fandom-only concern, and even then only one which concerns the narrow band of players that are VGC players, but ... if they really are going to make Gen 7 only a two-year generation, then they need to make it so that in Gen 8 it's a lot easier for honest, non-cheating players to generate the partners they'll need for world-class combat. Half the reason I'm not active in VGC right now is because, with respect to my valued free time, it is prohibitively difficult to prepare a perfect competitive team. I spent a good 600+ hours breeding, EV training, and otherwise raising 92 different competitive Pokémon in Gen 6 ... and all 92 of them now have to be re-bred for use in Gen 7 VGC. That's just dumb. Either keep the process difficult but do away with the "born in this gen only! ;D" limiter ... or else keep the limiter in place but make the procurement process so much easier (i.e. faster).

The analogy I like to use is this:
A master Go player's house catches on fire; and with it, he loses his Go table and all his stones. The Go master goes to a shop, purchases a new table and stones, and takes them to his new abode. He places the table on the floor, and within seconds he is playing a game of Go with his pupil. The level of play is high, world-class even. Master and disciple, they are playing a great game using the newly-bought stones and Go board.

A master Pokémon player's house catches on fire; and with it, he loses his 3DS and all his Pokémon. The Pokémon master goes to a shop, purchases a new 3DS and a new copy of Pokémon Sun, and proceeds to spend the next 25-40 hours playing through the story mode of Pokémon Sun again. After he has done this ... he has no world-class competitive Pokémon to show for it. He now has two options before him: he can either start the breeding and EV training process anew, taking him some several hundred hours just to get even 12 Pokémon ready; or he can cheat, making use of PokéGen and similar technologies unapproved for use by TPCi in official Pokémon tournaments.
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If Go were like Pokémon, players interested in picking up Go would first have to carve a table out of wood, carve sea shells and slate into playable stones, and then sit down to play the game itself.
Because of this fundamental difference between how Pokémon games work and how board, tabletop, or parlor games like Go, chess, poker, and mahjong work -- "in Go, the tools do not make the player; yet in Pokémon, they do" -- there has to be some sort of reconciliation between what we're allowed to import for use each generation and how much time we're expected to put into preparing things. Otherwise people are going to just give up playing competitive Pokémon -- everyone that is except for the cheaters who just PokéGen themselves back everything they've lost.

Gen 8?: As you've noted, we don't even know if it will be Gen 8 or not. In fact, two of my favorite considerations are:
  • the MMO everyone outside of Game Freak themselves has been dreaming of for over 15 years
  • a 4-in-1 remaster of RBY, GSC, RSE, and DPPt all on the Switch
The MMO's unlikely so long as Game Freak has any say in the matter. And as for the 4-in-1, going against that are considerations such as expense, time, and the recency of ORAS's release. But we really don't know what to expect yet. One thing's for certain: if they do go and release Gen 8, it will make Generation 7 -- which seems to be one of the most popular generations to date -- also one of the shortest generations to date. Two years. A paltry two years before we kiss Alola good-bye and move on to the next region. (Then again, Kalos wasn't even given the benefit of more than one year before we were whisked off to a re-do of Hoenn for twice as long ... *sigh*)

If I had to put my money on something today, it'd be a toss up between:
  • Gen 8
  • a Red/Green remake made for the Switch
People who use labels like "genwunner" be damned, Gen 1's easily the most recognized and popular generation globally. And it's been over ten years and two platforms (three if you were to count the Switch) since those games last got an update. A Red/Green remake that lends the games Switch-grade graphics and all of the benefits we've come to know since Gen 3 ended would be very welcome both inside and outside the fandom. Only the fandom really cares about Gen 8. For comparison, consider all the coworkers or classmates you know who purchased Sun and Moon ... versus all the ones who downloaded Pokémon Go. I have one coworker who replays GSC on a Game Boy Color -- an authentic Game Boy Color -- rather than playing any of the newer games on the newer hardware. While a new main series generation like 8 would certainly sell Switches ... a Red/Green re-release with Switch-grade graphics would sell several times more, I'm certain.

Sinnoh? :> : I don't think so. ^^; As much as the babies whose first generation was 4 would like us to have a Gen 4 remake ... and as much as I would enjoy having Champion Cynthia in Switch graphical glory ... I really don't see a DPPt remake being the launch title for Pokémon on the Switch. :\ As I noted above, I think it'd be likelier if they were to include it as part of a 4-in-1, easily marketable since the first four regions are also the only four regions to date (in a main series title) to be modeled after geographical regions of Japan. But having DPPt be all on its own ... if it does happen, it won't before 2019, and it won't be the first main series game on the Switch. That's all I'm saying. DPPt remakes someday on some platform are a safe bet, but them being the first Pokémon games of the Switch and coming out in 2018 ... ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :\ ...

I enjoyed Sinnoh though. I have fond memories of a lot of it. I would be happy if we were to receive a DPPt remake, though I do not hunger for one the way that so many do.

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Old 06-25-2017, 07:47 AM   #3
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To piggyback onto what Talon said, I feel like Gen 1 remakes are more likely than Gen 4 remakes because of backwards compatibility. Right now, you can pick up the latest model new 3DS and you will be able to play DPPt on that system. You won't be able to with FRLG, and it's been that way for years. So really just because of accessibility I think it would make more sense to do a Gen 1 remake rather than a Gen 4. Gamefreak has had a Gen 1 nostalgia boner recently so I could see it happening too.

Though of course the best option would be Pokémon Colosseum remastered but I won't hold my breath
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Honestly I think if they do a gen 1 remake I wouldn't be surprised if it had serious SM tie-ins.
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Old 06-25-2017, 08:26 AM   #5
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I would be super pumped for a Gen I remake if it acts as a sequel to Alola.

Champion Lillie anyone? :p

Also, agreeing with Talon that the launch title for Switch would be either a new game or Kanto revisited. I'm personally hoping for a sequel to Kanto (I know I know GSC and HGSS exists but their versions of Kanto were kinda lackluster) if they go down the second route. The Kanto storyline is a bit lacking compared to newer gens and I'm not really a fan of having almost the same geographical Kanto over the four games. Though I wouldn't be surprised if they went the full nostalgia route.

Then again there's the alternative timeline thingy they introduced so... lol
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I think it'd be interesting if they changed the formula back a bit. So instead of being Generic Trainer X, we play as Lillie?
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I'm pretty sure he's just talking about Pokken Tournament, which, while fun, is not a main series game.
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I'm fairly certain Pokken's been slated for rerelease his year, which is not 2018. Yes, there is a possibility that it isn't a main line game based on the quote, but it most definitely isn't Pokken.
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I'm pretty sure he's just talking about Pokken Tournament, which, while fun, is not a main series game.
He's not. Pokken DX is coming out in like, 2-3 months. He is specifically talking about a Pokemon game for Switch to be released in 2018, which lines up with the core series Switch game GameFreak announced was in development at E3.
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Maybe this is a cheeky announcement of a delayed release :^)

JK JK. It could be Mystery Dungeon? That would be fun.
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There's very little backwards compatibility issues with Gen I because of the RBY VC releases.

Gen II would be the most likely from that regard, and I'm pretty sure they are also getting VC releases.
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VC releases for GS are this fall.
Crystal hasnt been announced to my knowledge
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I'm really hoping for Gen 4 remakes myself, I really want to see Buneary on the big screen! I still need to get a switch (I'm trying pretty hard to save money!). As long as it isn't Pokken. I don't really care about those types of games to be honest, and that announcement really let me down.

I would also love a Pokemon Crystal announcement! My favorite older Pokemon game.

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If we get gen 1 re remakes announced before Sinnoh remakes I will fucking riot do you understand me
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Maybe this is a cheeky announcement of a delayed release :^)

JK JK. It could be Mystery Dungeon? That would be fun.
It's a core game shuckle what do you not get

... I'd like new Mystery Dungeon tho
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I dunno, Gen I reremakes would fit chronologically. It went R/S, then FR/LG, then D/P. We had OR/AS last, so why not anticipate Inferno Red and Forest Green before D/P remakes?

Honestly, though, you know what I'd love to see? A Colosseum remake. Orre deserves way more love than it gets (which in fact is partly why my new Trainer character in FB is from Orre).
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Junichi Masuda and Shigero Ohmori discuss Pokémon on the Switch - interview was published less than 32 hours ago as of this post! HOT OFF THE PRESSES!

It's a four-minute video and is good fun to watch.

Takeaways from the interview:
  • Masuda is super aware that the Switch can either be played on the go or played from home, whatever the player's preference
  • Masuda thinks both playstyles are valid and that he'd be happy with the fans playing his games either way
  • Masuda is aware that a lot of people still don't have Switches
  • Masuda is also aware that this Christmas a ton more kids will probably get Switches
  • Masuda explicitly asks everyone to go out and buy a Switch xfd; , which is a pretty good show of faith that he wants the Switch to succeed and is NOT anti-Switch
  • It comes across much clearer in the video interview that both Masuda and Ohmori are positive/laughing about it when they mention the pressure that the fans' excitement for Pokémon on the Switch has placed on them
  • in response to a fan who wrote "I really want a console-scale Pokémon adventure," the developers ON CAMERA say, "We're making it!"
  • in response to another fan who wrote that he wants the game to take place in "a large, open-ish" world, they again say ON CAMERA, "We're making it!" :O
  • in response to a fan who said he wants the next game to take 40+ hours to complete, Masuda mentions that he's not sure if it will take that long ... ^^; (That's okay. )
If you saw the first version of this post ... please disregard everything I wrote! :') I was the victim of someone else's, in my new opinion badly mistaken, interpretation of the interview. Pretty much everything my original source claimed, he got wrong. ^^; So ... apologies to anyone who saw my rant!

Now that I've seen the actual interview with my own two eyes, I'm much more positive about the near future of Pokémon. We have confirmation that the game is going to be "console-scale", whatever that means, and that its world is going to be "large" and "open-ish". It may not necessarily be Breath of the Wild large and open, but it sure does sound like it's going to be the closest thing to that that Pokémon will have ever had.

The biggest relief for me is the fact that Masuda not only appreciates the dual nature of the Switch but that he's a supporter of both playstyles. My previous source had led me to believe that Masuda only thought of the Switch as a home console and that Game Freak was having trouble developing for it because of that. That made it sound like they were stubbornly set in their ways, making excuses, and other bad things. But now I see that the journalist I previously sourced took that quote completely out of context -- it's surrounded on all sides by Masuda making it quite clear he appreciates the home-portable duality of the Switch and that he even wants people to be able to play games he personally develops for the Switch in either fashion. It's clear from the interview he isn't publicly taking sides -- whatever games he directs the development of, they're going to be games that you can play either from home or on the go.

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