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Why a GTA-style Pokemon game would be perfect addition for franchise

Published: 20/Sep/2020 19:48

by Paul Cot

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After 22 years of the same formula, now is the time to make a new, open world style Pokemon game for the ages.

Pokemon games have stuck to a similar pattern since their release. This started with Red and Blue in 1998, all the way to Sword and Shield in 2019. That pattern is start in your home town, get given your first Pokemon and battle through the somewhat linearly set towns until the final battle.

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The graphics have come on leaps and bounds – obviously – but the format has invariably remained the same. After two decades however, future games need more than visual improvements.

Limited by the Nintendo Switch?

Limited hardware in comparison to Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo’s competition, is likely one reason the style has been kept the same over the years. Open world games have been commonplace for several years now, yet even Nintendo’s latest console, the Nintendo Switch, struggles with such.

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The only example of a truly open world game on the handheld console is Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which had much longer development time than Sword and Shield was afforded. Nevertheless, gamers have very high standards so if it has been done already – albeit on a different franchise – then the expectation is now there.

The Elder Scrolls franchise, Grand Theft Auto 5, The Witcher, and the Fallout games are just some examples of hugely popular open world games. Just imagine the format of those but with Pokemon as the centerpiece.

Ps5 and Xbox putting the pressure on

With the PS5 and new Xbox just around the corner, the gap, at least graphically, between Sony/Microsoft and Nintendo is going to widen. Pokemon has an incredibly loyal fan-base where the majority of them will buy whatever the next game is regardless.

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If some innovation isn’t added to Pokemon games soon though, the number of fans who buy it will wain. It would be surprising if the Pokemon Company and Nintendo haven’t at least discussed the idea and who knows, maybe it is on the horizon.

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A Pokemon game on either of the Playstation or Xbox consoles is unlikely at best…

How would open world work?

It’s hard to say exactly how an open world Pokemon game would work. Many suspect it would look and play similarly to Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

What would be amazing – and we’re sure many fans would agree – would be an open world Kanto. That would be a great way to introduce Pokemon to the next generation style gaming.

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With an open world setting, you’d think the storyline would be less fixed. There could even be multiple ways to get to the finish with your decisions affecting the story.

When could the next gen of Pokemon games come?

It has to come sooner or later, so why not make it sooner. Pokemon Sword and Shield was hinted to be an open world game before it released. In truth though, only the Wild Area could be classed as such. And even that’s debatable!

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In an interview with Pokemon.com, Shigeru Ohmori was asked about the possibility of a fully open world Pokemon game. The Pokemon Sword and Shield Game Director had the following to say: “This is our first time introducing free camera movement in the series, so we’re excited to see how our players will respond to it once they get their hands on the games. We’ll think about what we want to do in the future based on those reactions.”

Unsurprisingly Ohmori was coy in his answer. Looks like we’ll have to wait and see what he and the Pokemon Company have up their sleeve.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.