Could we ever see a truly open-world Pokemon game? Something akin to what players experienced in Zelda: Breath of the Wild? That's exactly what Eurogamer asked Pokemon Co.'s Junichi Masuda. While he didn't exactly give a complete thumbs up to the idea, he did seem receptive to it.
Well you know in general, I always want to be kind of facing new challenges and trying to you know, do new things with Pokémon. You know it's a different matter whether players will actually enjoy that kind of playstyle, but really you know, things like setting up an AI so that you know real world Pokémon appear, or different ways to appreciate the game, I'm always kind of thinking how to approach the Pokémon series from a different aspect so, in that sense, it's still on the cards.