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Pokemon devs hint at radical changes in future games

Published: 8/Jul/2019 10:03 Updated: 8/Jul/2019 10:45

by Paul Cot


Amid the changes, and lack of, for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield game, Game Freak have teased radical changes for future games.

In an interview with GameCentral, Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori, the respective producer and director of Pokemon Sword and Shield, discussed the severity of these changes.

Time for a new era of Pokemon games?

When asked about extreme changes in the upcoming Pokemon game, such as an entirely open world game or changing the combat system to real-time, Ohmori said: “In the conceptual phase, we think of a lot of more, possibly, radical changes that we might want to try out.”

PokemonDoes Pokemon Sword and Shield have enough changes in comparison to previous games?

This is an omission that Pokemon Sword and Shield could have been changed a lot more in comparison to previous games but the developers opted to go with a more gradual approach, “I think that’s fair to say when we try to make big changes in the series we want to do it a bit more gradually.”

This has been evident by the new wild area which many Pokemon fans had suspected was Game Freak’s way of dipping their toes into an open world format, without getting themselves completely wet. These fans were right as Ohmori said, when asked about the wild area: “I think you could say that the Wild Area is our answer to some of the requests for a more open area.”

How many changes are too many?

It’s somewhat of a tricky situation for the developers of Pokemon Sword and Shield, as they have to balance big changes while maintaining the core of a Pokemon game. Due to the times and hardware available, gamers now expect open world games and more intricate battle systems. Gone are the days of linear story-lines and rather simplistic battling – however, this has been what Pokemon has done best.

PokemonThe wild area is arguably the biggest change made for Pokemon Sword and Shield…

While there have been notable changes made to Pokemon Sword and Shield, some of which are appearing for the first time in a Pokemon game, some fans won’t be happy with the supposed lack of progress. In truth though, this is simply symptomatic of modern games whereby developers can never please their entire fan-base.

Those who think Pokemon games are falling behind will be glad to hear there might be a lot more changes to come for future games, though. After revealing “radical changes” are on their mind, GameCentral pressed further asking if this implies that these changes could feature in spin-offs, Masuda replied: “We’ve got a lot of ideas, but nothing to comment on right now. [laughs]”

You’ll be able see the full extent of the changes that are coming in Pokemon Sword and Shield on November 15 when the game is released exclusively on the Nintendo Switch.


Pokemon Go March 2 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Krabby, 2x bonus, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 1:08 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 4:33

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go’s first Spotlight Hour of March 2021 will focus on the Kanto region’s Krabby. Trainers can get their hands on a Shiny version of the popular crustacean as well as score bonus XP by evolving it. 

While Pokemon Go has technically left Gen I behind with the launch of Season of Legends, the mobile app will still honor one of Kanto’s most popular ‘mon – Krabby – with March’s first Spotlight Hour.

The limited-time celebration will not only give Trainers a chance to stock up on Candy for a Kingler evolution, but if fans are lucky they might even stumble upon a rare Shiny version of the Water-type.

Screenshot of Krabby Pokemon Go Pokedex entry.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The beloved crustacean will be the star of March 2021’s first Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Krabby Spotlight Hour date & start time

As is tradition every month, Niantic uses each Tuesday to highlight a single Pokemon for an hour. Players who log in during the celebration will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates, and even have a chance at finding a Shiny version.

Kanto’s favorite crustacean, Krabby, will be the star of March 2’s Spotlight Hour. The limited-time event kicks off at 6 PM and will run until 7 PM. Players should make sure to mark their calendars, as it’s based on each Trainer’s local time.

While the Gen I Water-type is by no means rare, its evolution Kingler can pack a powerful punch in the game’s meta. Not to mention the ‘mon is still a fan favorite from the classic RPG titles.

Screenshot of Shiny Krabby in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players can get a Shiny Kingler in the March 2021 Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

Over the last year, Niantic has merged the mystery bonus with each week’s Spotlight Hour. Trainers participating in the Krabby event can also score a 2x XP evolution bonus each time they evolve a Pokemon. This works out perfect for those who plan on evolving a Kingler anyway.

Players should utilize the hour to evolve any Pokemon in their storage that they have been sitting on. Might as well get snag the free extra experience points to increase your level! We also recommend using a Lucky Egg at the start of the event – that way you can maximize the bonus.

Avid fans of Krabby that have their sights set on finding a Shiny should make sure to stock up on Poke Balls and Berries. A week before the celebration, swing by your local PokeStops and spin the locations to prepare for the Tuesday event.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

While not the most popular Pokemon by a long shot, Krabby is still considered one of the classic characters from the first generation. The Kanto region Water-type’s Shiny colors are even a throwback to the Game Boy’s monochrome screen, making it highly sought after by collectors.

With the Kanto Tour in the rearview mirror, Niantic looks to be kicking things up a notch with the Season of Legends launching in March. The three-month-long phase will be packed with epic monsters for Trainers to catch.