When Game Freak took time during Nintendo’s E3 2017 press conference to reveal that a Pokemon RPG is in development for Switch, fans of the role-playing game franchise were ecstatic, as it meant that the long-standing demand for a “core” entry in the franchise to be playable on a console was finally being addressed. However, while fans’ excitement for the forthcoming release is understandable to say the least, Game Freak’s series director/producer/composer Junichi Masuda and director Shigeru Ohmori hope players’ expectations aren’t “too high.
Masuda and Ohmori revealed as much during a recent video interview with Game Informer, with Masuda mentioning that while he totally gets why fans are anxious for the Pokemon Switch title, he also hopes fans are able to temper their excitement somewhat. In a followup response to Ohmori’s statement saying that Game Freak will “do [its] best to create a great game” to meet certain expectations, Masuda said, “Of course, it is very difficult to make the game, so I hope people don’t get their expectations up too high.”
While Masuda and Ohomori want to do right by fans and Game Freak alike by not disappointing them with the Pokemon Switch title, it’s going to be hard for many hardcore fans to reduce their anticipation for the forthcoming RPG, especially since Nintendo has already given out a release window of sorts for the game. On the other hand, with little else to go on other than the knowledge that a main entry in the franchise will finally be coming consoles, perhaps most everyone will be able to contain their fanaticism for a while – at least until a gameplay trailer is shown.
About a couple of months ago, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime shared some game details for the Pokemon Switch title, but he didn’t reveal much other than to say it will be “a traditional find, battle, train type experience.” So, with the Pokemon game for Switch still in the very early stages of development, there’s no telling what the final product will look and play like once it’s finished, so perhaps it’s best to take Masuda’s advice and not get too hyped up just yet.
A Pokemon RPG is currently in development for Nintendo Switch with the release window set for 2018 or beyond.
Source: Game Informer