‘Pokemon X’ and ‘Y’ Aren’t Rebooting the Franchise

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It only took a couple of days for Pokemon-fueled excitement to spread across the world after the reveal of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. The first ever legitimate 3DS iterations of the ever popular franchise have been highly anticipated since the Nintendo portable first arrived on store shelves in 2011, and later this October fans will finally be able to indulge in their desire to catch ‘em all — albeit with a very different aesthetic.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are the first ever fully 3D core pocket monster titles, and the new look may have had some fans concerned at the prospect of something radically different from past games in the series. These fears can now safely be put to rest, as the director of consumer marketing for The Pokemon Company, J.C. Smith, has informed Polygon that X and Y were not designed with the intention of rebooting the franchise.

Instead, Smith claims that the changes displayed in the Pokemon X and Y reveal trailer were born out of Game Freak’s desire to try new things and evolve the world.

“There’s always been an evolution of the look and feel; it just happens to be that we played Black and White, and Heart Gold and Soul Silver, and Diamond and Pearl, and Platinum – all of those games on the same platform. So it feels like it’s been a long time in the same way. But between the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and moving up into the DS now, it’s always had that change. There’s never been a conscious decision to reboot, it’s just a decision to try new things and express the world in a new way.”

There’s no question that the series will evolve thanks largely to the more powerful 3DS hardware, but it sounds like there will still be a lot of familiarity to be found in the upcoming pair of Poke products. According to Smith, Game Freak has also put a lot of effort into making sure it’s a fantastic looking experience on the handheld, and they’ve certainly managed to accomplish just that — despite Pokemon X and Y still being in the “early stages of development.”

“This game has been a long time coming. Obviously, Game Freak wanted to make sure that when they created this new universe on the 3DS, that it looked fantastic; both in the polygonal style and also when people are able to see the 3D effects as well. It’s really exciting to see the Pokemon come to life a little more.”

“They’re always working hard to make sure the games are as slick and polished as possible. But with the new expression of that game – they’ve had the DS for three generations of games now, so I’m sure it took some getting used to to fully utilize the 3DS. But even in this early stage of development, it’s looking really cool.”

There are still a number of details that gamers don’t yet know about the pair of forthcoming Pocket Monster titles, but that will change in the months leading up to the release of both games. Still, it’s a bit of a wait for everyone anticipating Pokemon X and Y.

For now, all fans can so is check out the three starter Pokemon that will be available to them right from the get go, as well as read up on some details regarding the two new legendary Pokemon Xerneas and Yveltal.

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are scheduled to appear on the Nintendo 3DS this October.

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Source: Polygon

TAGS: 3DS, Game Freak, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, The Pokemon Company

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