Two Game Freak developers have offered several interesting details about the upcoming Pokémon titles and the future of the series. The interview involved Shigeru Ohmori, director of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Junichi Masuda, who has served in numerous roles since the company began in 1989.
One of the more intriguing questions made by Game Informer was if Pokémon Go’s incredible success affected Sun and Moon’s development. After making clear that Niantic’s mobile title had no influence on Sun & Moon, Masuda did reveal his hope of functionality between Go and future main titles:
With Pokémon Go, yeah, we definitely want to have some kind of – at some point – some kind of connectivity, some way the games can interact… We want to have a kind of way to connect the two, or have a way for people who enjoyed one to enjoy some of their progress in the other. But that will definitely come down the road.
In a separate interview, Masuda was asked how the possibility of NX being a hybrid device might affect the future of the series. While his answer offered little details, he also didn’t close off the idea of working on NX if it is in fact a mix of console and handheld.
When it comes to the main series, thinking of Pokémon RPGs that we develop at Game Freak, we always really considered the timing of when we released them. There has to be a certain point where we’re able to release the games and get them into the hands of enough people, to make sure the audience is big enough. This year, with Pokémon Sun and Moon, obviously we’re going to be starting to think about the next title, and then depending on what that timing is, I think that will determine which we platform we would release it on.
Check out the full interviews to learn more about Pokémon Sun and Moon, including why only Kanto Pokémon have Aloha forms. The anticipated titles finally arrive November 18 for 3DS— a demo version is already available to download.
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