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Game Freak says younger team handling Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, veteran devs tackling Pokemon Switch

The following comes from a GameSpot interview with Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon producer Shigeru Ohmori...

"Of course we have a limited number of staff available to us, but we have a very varied staff within the company. We have younger staff members and also veterans who have been working on the series for a long time, very technically gifted staff members. We want to use these staff in the best way possible. For example this time with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon we can treat it mainly as a project for our younger staff to work on and grow and develop their skills, while perhaps the more veteran, established members of the company can work on the upcoming [Switch] project.

That's an approach we often take: having a growth-based project for younger staff members and then a new project for the existing veterans. Using this project management style ensures all of our projects have a positive effect on one another as they go."

Worried the younger devs might mess up a few things with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon? When it comes to the battle system, you can put those worries aside. Ohmori confirmed that the game's battle system is being handled by none other than Shigeki Morimoto, a dev working on the series since Red/Blue.

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I hope it's like b/w2. That were good.

Still wishing they'd finally balance the type chart... still not expecting it though...

Do you mind elaborating what you mean by that?

jd
Mon Oct 23 17 12:34pm
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Some types are significantly better off than others... Dragon? Massively OP. Fairy? Suppose to balance the type chart, even more massively OP. Meanwhile other types have always struggled. Ice? So bad being paired with a good type can't fix it. It would be nice if they actually fixed this, but at this point I'm doubting they will.

Totally agree. Fairy type was supposed to balance out Dragon type, ironically allowing it to take the throne as the OP type for itself. Dark types were also screwed over by their newfound weakness to fairies, in my opinion. Not to mention the fact that fairies are weak to poison and steel types, you know, the two types with with the most abundant Pokémon and move pools (he said ironically).
They're not gonna fix it, but this is the internet, so I will rant anyways. Smile

itsthewolf
Mon Oct 23 17 03:28am
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Well, as long as Pokemon Switch doesn't have the whole game as tutorial like Sun & Moon, I'm cool.

kuro
Mon Oct 23 17 08:02am
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Well they always have done this when it comes to remakes and enhanced versions so its nothing new. Whenever a new Gen is released, the main team always works on the next Gen, while the other team works on the remake/enhanced version.

This would explain a lot, good way to train the next generation.

I'm more worried about the veteran team, they've definitely failed to really push Pokemon forward over the past few iterations, too little deviation in world building, level design and writing. Perhaps there are issues with internal politics that constrain the studio. Gamefreak has the sales and IP recognition of an A list studio, but certainly not the technical talents of one.

Dunno how to take this news.
Reason why I say this is because usually its the old guard that keeps things very vanilla with the games and the new blood in Nintendo seems much more risk taking in their approach. Mario Odyssey being a prime example of how the younger devs are really bringing that series back into appeal.

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