Whether it is a film or a game, directing a series always hard. Especially if there are more than two or three installments within it. The recent news comes from Pokemon game series, where its main director, Junichi Masuda, might directing his last game for the upcoming Pokemon Let’s Go!
Previously Pokemon Let’s Go! revealed two trailers that highlight some scary stuffs and a new feature. Then recently, the official Pokemon’s website got to interview with the director, and he shared many things. They are mainly discussing the game’s production—technicalities and inspirations. Below are some things that he shared:
- He was the one who worked on the base game concept document for Pokemon GO
- even in the initial drafts of Pokemon GO, he had the idea of introducing new Pokemon through the mobile game
- Given his involvement in Pokemon GO’s development, he feels like he was the best person to direct the Let’s Go series
- Masuda emphasized the importance of having the younger generation at GAME FREAK in charge of the development of future Pokemon games
- He believes this will be the last time he works as a director on a main series Pokemon RPG
Please take a moment of silence for the last sentence, though it’s still a possibility and not fixed.
One of the technical difficulties Mr. Masuda has shared is how to integrate Pokemon GO and the Switch. The director said,
“[…] we use Bluetooth to allow Trainers to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO into Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, which is something we wouldn’t be able to do without that technology. Behind the scenes, it’s kind of a complicated setup, but we always try to make it feel very simple for the player.”
Bless the evolution of technologies!
Another thing Mr. Masuda shared was how Pokemon Let’s Go! targets are young children who don’t have smartphones to play Pokemon Go! when the latter was out two years ago.
“Our approach to development of these games was to appeal to a broad audience. One of the big reasons for that is there are a lot of younger players who maybe didn’t have their own smartphones and couldn’t join in on the Pokémon GO boom. Because of this, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! might be their first time playing a Pokémon video game.”
But, aren’t young’uns nowadays have at least one smartphone? At least i do see lots of children playing the gadget in my town.
Anyway! One could say Junichi Masuda’s departure from Pokemon series is a bit shocking, but some others might have expected it. Either way, i hope for the best for the director!