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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.


Calyrex fusion forms revealed ahead of Crown Tundra DLC release

Published: 20/Oct/2020 23:09 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 23:11

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC is still more than a day from release but more fascinating details have surfaced about Calyrex.

We knew Calyrex would be the featured Legendary Pokemon in the Crown Tundra, but we didn’t know it would have multiple forms. Much like its Gen 5 Legendary counterpart Kyurem, it will actually have two different fusion forms.

Glastrier and Spectrier

Firstly though, let’s take a look at two other Legendary Pokemon that have been leaked for Pokemon Sword and Shield’s second DLC. They are Glastrier and Spectrier. Both are Horse Pokemon which are apparently ice and ghost-types, respectively.

“Glastrier emits intense cold from its hooves. It’s also a belligerent Pokémon—anything it wants, it takes by force,” the datamine revealed. “[It] has tremendous physical strength, and the mask of ice covering its face is 100 times harder than diamond.”

Meanwhile Spectrier is more mysterious, probing its surroundings with all senses but its sight. It kicks are said to separate soul from body. Pokemon leak account CentroLeaks shared further details of what appears to be its Pokedex entry: “As it dashes through the night, Spectrier absorbs the life-force of sleeping creatures. It craves silence and solitude.”

Much like how you choose a tower for Urshifu in the Isle of Armor DLC, you can only choose one of these Legendary Horse Pokemon, too. So, make sure you choose right!

Calyrex fusions

Calyrex’s fusion forms are Calyrex (Ice Rider) and Calyrex (Shadow Rider). The popular Pokemon leaks account shared this information courtesy of the same datamine which revealed details about Glastrier and Spectrier.

It is these Pokemon that Calyrex fuses with to create the Ice and Shadow Rider. Both of the fusions seem to be aesthetically simple with Calyrex riding on top of either Glastrier or Spectrier – depending on your choice.

The Ice Rider form of Calyrex is merciless in battle but sympathetic afterwards, healing any foe’s wounds after. Elsewhere it is said “that this Pokémon once moved a large forest—and all the Pokémon living there—to a new location overnight.”

It is said Calyrex and what can only be assumed to be Spectrier, bonded when they traveled across the Galar region to bring green to the wastelands. Additionally, it is also claimed that by using its power to see all events from the past to the future that this Pokemon saved creatures from a meteorite strike.

Despite the in-depth descriptions we’re not sure on the typings of either of these exciting new Legendary ‘mons. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out as Pokemon Sword and Shield The Crown Tundra releases on October 22.