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Game Freak on balancing new Pokemon games with remakes

Posted on November 17, 2019 by (@NE_Brian) in General Nintendo, News

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As many mainline Pokemon games as there have been, the series has also seen its fair share of remakes. In fact, some generations have been redone more than once.

Speaking with IGN a little while back, Pokemon Sword/Shield director Shigeru Ohmori highlighted the importance of balancing new Pokemon titles with remakes, stating that Game Freak is “kind of torn between the two all the time.” He said:

“I think we always try to avoid, if we can, having people guess what we’re gonna do next, but… it’s always fun doing like the remakes and revisiting things that you’ve done, doing a new take on it. But at the same time, we always want to make new things. So, it’s kind of [about] finding that balance but we’re kind of torn between the two all the time. So just try to think about what people might want at a certain time.”

The last Pokemon remakes were Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu / Eevee. Those two titles, which released on Switch in 2018, were based on the franchise’s first generation.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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