In light of the deluge of titles announced and coming for the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, maybe the main series needs to take a step back, and let these titles do the speaking while the games undergo a check to re-evaluate their standing.
Is this a joke? The series should go all out BECAUSE of it's 20th anniversary. The 2nd biggest franchise in gaming cannot take a break on such an occasion. I expect a title like Pokemon Z by the end of the year.
Not quite. While Z is inevitable, I wanted to reason that the series just needed more time to get on the rails again and create an innovative main series title, that's all. Given the release of a ton of games like Pokken, Pokemon Go, that Detective Pikachu game, maybe the main series can take a back seat, so that when a new main series game comes out, fans will MISS, will yearn for it. I just feel like the series has fallen a tad short, that's all.
" I wanted to reason that the series just needed more time to get on the rails again and create an innovative main series title, that's all." http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photo... Innovation in Pokémon, that sounds so weird, man.
Ummm. X and Y were kinda momentous imo... and ORAS were good but remakes that I didn't really want and that was 2014 so we actually already took 2015 off :/ If we don't get a new mainline game in the fall i'd be pretty sad. I feel starved already after putting hundreds of hours into X and Y in 2013/2014.
Was Going to say the same. I think big anniversaries like this should be celebrated and acknowledged.
The Main series DID get a break in 2015.
Just saying, I don't remember any main series Pokemon games releasing 2015.
There hasn't been a new main game in two years breaks over. Edit: Not even two, THREE years.
OR/AS was from November 2014?
Yes they were, there was no main pokemon game last year.
Those were remakes I don't count em. They were pretty much the same with some new things added.
@Kaleb: oh, I see. That kinda makes sense from where you're coming from; sorry for the misunderstanding. Just had a slightly different view on remakes being part of the main series.
I would count ORAS as mainline just like FRLG and HGSS but I agree with Kalebninja that those titles don't demand the same attention and hype that the new games do. Especially ORAS because Ruby and Sapphire were my least favorite Pokemon games to begin with :/
Whatever the developers choose to do, I just hope they really take the Pokemon designs into account. Because the 5th gen Pokemon design was just simply awful to the majority of fans. The animations in battle were fine and actually impressive with the fluid movements the Pokemon were making in battle. But the actual design of them altogether were very poor in my opinion. I would love it if they decided to design the Pokemon a little more basic and less complex than how the 5th gen pokemon were designed. Because if you notice, not very many Pokemon in gen 1-3 had a complex design at all. Not many had what looked like equipment or clothes(necklaces, earrings, etc. etc.). And even when they had clothes or whatever on, they were still very simple pieces of clothing or equipment.
I'd like to see a real action/RPG quasi-like game tbh. We've had so many entries in the main series and I'd like to see some real action Pokemon!
This series already explored the action RPG genre. You never heard of Pokemon Rangers before.
The last game we got from the core series was in 2014. This year would be nice to drop a new game.
I really didnt like ORAS so last years break was okay. This year they'll probably do Z but I'm done with gen 6 so whatever. Give me gen 7 for NX and i'll buy it day one
I'm just hoping for a 3d open world game to celebrate the 20th anniversary. I've been asking for this for about 10+ years though.
I want a new Pokemon made for NX at launch, if the NX is a handheld and home console it would only make sense. Hopefully the system arrives this holiday
I bought Pokemon Blue on launch day when I was in eighth grade, so I've been in it from the beginning. Bought Silver right away, too. It was with Ruby and Sapphire that I noticed that things were starting to get a bit stale, despite the pretty graphics. Same went with D/P, which caused me to actually SKIP the black and white generation altogether. And as much as I love X/Y, it essentially has those same exact elements as the very first game. The main adventure is always going to be huge, exciting, epic, and SAFE, and here's why: Pokemon in itself is a gigantic multi-billion dollar franchise. To make any successful franchise, it needs to be bringing in people constantly, to be making up for those it loses. Its main target demographic is children. Therefore, it CANNOT afford to take significant breaks. It also CANNOT afford to take gigantic risks - taking "a few steps forward", as you will - such as putting out a 'gritty' main Pokemon game or drastically changing the formula, challenge, or story. You may think that Pokemon can do whatever it wants BECAUSE it is a multi-billion franchise, and just has 'plenty in the bank', but that's just foolish. Any major loss or dip in sales will dramatically affect how the company functions, as well as how their competitors see them and how their investors see them. A dip of 10% when you're worth $50 billion is still a $5 billion loss. The pressure is on to make the main game and formula succeed. Pokemon as a game needs to do two things at once: It needs to be incredibly accessible, and it needs its battle system to be challenging, balanced, and deep. That is why the main games have a simplistic, not terribly challenging main story - they need something that the everykid can play and feel like they ARE the main protagonist, and that they can easily become a Pokemon Master. But then afterwards are tournaments, online battles, battles with your friends, and more which continue to suck you in. As of late, I have to applaud Game Freak for making the tournament style a little easier for the main public to access, with easier breeding and easier EV training. It's slowly making Pokemon more interesting for the teen and adult to stay in. Leave wild departures and crazy innovations to the spin-offs; it's literally what they're there for. They can afford to have a spin-off bomb, and will take the best-received features of those games and incorporate it into the new main game. But the main Pokemon game will always be, at its core, the same: giant, expansive, imaginative, and safe.
Well a lot of rumors are predicting the NX portable unit will launch by end of the year. If that is true I wouldn't be surprised if they were hoping to include a new Pokemon with it which would be a superb launch title. I'm okay with getting one this year since we didn't get one in 2015.
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