Don't Expect "Pokémon" Games to Go Fully Online Anytime Soon

Producer Junichi Masuda explains why it isn't best for Nintendo's series

When you think of the future of the Pokémon franchise, do you envision persistent online worlds that allow you to play simultaneously with friends across the globe? In an interview with Gamasutra discussing the series' "secret ingredient," producer Junichi Masuda discusses how he believes trading is the core concept behind it, and why online isn't necessarily the best direction.

 

Despite the fact that Masuda talks about how important player communication is for the series, he gets specific about the type he enjoys and finds appropriate for Pokémon:

 

"I really like online connectivity, but for example, we're having this phone call right now, and it's really cool that we can communicate with each other from two really faraway places. But at the same time, it would also be really great if we could talk in person," he said, adding, "It's much more enjoyable when you're talking in person. So I think the best way is to have kind of both at the same time, being able to enjoy this kind of faraway communication, as well as having aspects that allow you to enjoy communication face-to-face and in-person communication,"

 

Since everything in Pokémon exists to facilitate trading, Masuda would like to see players do so in the real world rather than strictly through online connectivity.

 

Be sure to read the full interview for more of his thoughts on the matter. Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2 come out for Nintendo DS this Sunday in North America, and both offer a more connected Pokémon experience, with global trading and battling.  With that in mind, what do you think about the possibility of even more online components in Pokémon?

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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