*Authors Note* Pokémon X and Y were announced in early January 2013 and are now scheduled for release on October 12, 2013.
Pokémon fans rejoice you have brand new entries to the series you have adored for nearing two decades. Yes, Pokémon X and Y are on their way and are set to pave the franchise in a whole new direction with the introduction of a 3D landscape, analogue stick control via the 3DS and a variety of new Pokémon to capture and conquer. Some changes do need to occur to freshen up the formula, so here are a few points that we believe, if addressed will revitalise the Pokémon franchise.
1/ Explore the Entire World
So we love the look of the Kalos region (the Primary Setting of the new game), but we would love for past regions such as the Kanto, Johto and Hoenn to be accessibile. The 3DS packs a lot of punch, and past Pokémon games have far from maxed out the hardware (except perhaps Pokémon Red & Blue back on the Gameboy), so the capacity should be there to add at least a few of the past regions into the game. This would then allow for players to enter older regions and battle the GYM leaders there on top of what the new region provides.
It has been done before, but has fallen by the wayside since, but we would love to be able to engage in rematches with previously encountered trainers. We used to have the phone which allowed us to take calls from past trainers requesting rematches and a similar system needs to be implemented in X and Y. Trainers will improve and become a consistent challenge and also provides the player with more reason to return to certain areas that they may have already cleared out.
3/ Pick a Pathway
This can be interpreted a multitude of ways – and we did the same so we approach this from two different perspectives. The first is the ability to tackle GYMs in whatever order you see fit, this can be made possible by the ability to travel to other regions as we’ve just mentioned. Secondly we would love to have a slightly less linear path to follow with regards to the story. In each Pokémon game you’ve had different teams who have gotten in your path and disrupted the world (Team Rocket, Team Aqua, and Team Magma). Why not allow for us to pick an affiliation and run with it for the duration of our game? That affiliation can shape the world of X and Y and dictate the stories outcome.
4/ Make Every Pokémon Accessible
I think for this to occur we need those past regions to be accessible, to simply load the region of Kalos with the 650 Pokémon in the series is simply too much and will send players into a spin. We’re getting new species of Pokémon in X and Y so perhaps it would be best to make them exclusively available in the Kalos region, then by entering other regions that is when we will get access to the likes of Charmander, Pikachu, Mudkip etc. For this to be possible, we believe the entirety of the world will need to be accessible for this to work well.
5/ Don’t Overdo It
We’ve seen the Pokémon series make little extra additions in the past, and most of those have been quite successful but this has only been the case because these extras have never intruded on the core experience. Game Freak need to ensure that extras such as Pokémon-Amie do not become a core component of the game, because from our early impressions the feature should be a side-show for little children only. Please maintain the core Pokémon experience and do not pollute it with other non-essential elements
The Pokémon franchise is one of the most beloved in the industry framing the childhood, adolescence and in some cases adulthood of millions of people, can Nintendo and Game Freak deliver with Pokémon X and Y? Only time will tell, but our fingers are crossed and our hopes are high.
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