Pokémon, undeniably, has the biggest cultural influence of any game series on society, ever. Call of Duty, Tetris, Battlefield – they don’t even come close. And that’s thanks to the primary developers of the monster-hunting adventure, Game Freak.
The developer has made or overseen all of the games in the series, from Pokémon Red and Blue, all the way to Pokémon Sword and Shield, releasing this November. The CEO of Game Freak, Satoshi Tajiri, created the franchise 22 years ago and has stuck with it ever since, and has never faltered.
The Pokémon formula has always managed to lead to success in its long-running series. But that same strength is also one of Pokémon’s biggest weaknesses. Therefore, begging the question; are Game Freak getting lazy?