An open-world approach to Pokemon games is 'still on the cards,' says Masuda

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.

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I wouldn't expect that to be gen 8.

Pokémon Sun/Moon have already been very different from previous games and were good changes. I'm "glad" (?) for Pokémon Company to often try something new with each generation. Ok, I'd like to have my Pokémon always following me like we had in HeartGold/SoulSilver, but hey, we'll have it now in Let's Go!

That would be simply beautiful. Could you imagine leaving your small home town and entering into a much larger then normal route that opens up into a lush, open world with Pidgey, Wingull, and many others visibly seen flying high in the sky, Bug types crawling around here and there, the outlines of distant towns and cities, the regional mountain in the distance, the sounds of various Pokemon cries, all seen from a third person perspective?

Masuda seems to like saying "you know" a lot

I've been waiting for this for ages now. A pokemon game where you can control the pokemon like how pokken tournament does and having the freedom of the open world games to interact and battle however you want. Right now, the only thing close to what I'm looking for is in the XC series

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't gold and silver have an open ended structure in the second part of the game?

Yeah, they were a lot less linear. Essentially, you traveled to the region of the first game and beat the gyms in any order you wanted.

I say BRING IT ON. I'm hoping for them to shake up the old Pokemon formula in some fresh ways.

It doesn't need to take after BotW in terms of scale, but just in terms of non-linearity, a fully controllable camera, and especially in how the animals and monsters live in the world.

BotW had dedicated animal AI programmers to make them behave naturally, and Pokemon really needs the same if they're going to flesh out the overworld. Not pokemon just packed together standing around like they're in Let's Go.

An open world could work just like it did for Zelda. It would be good just to go wherever you want but like Zelda go to far and you get smashed and realize your not ready. The biggest thing I would like from an open world Pokemon game would be the sheer scale of the world, unlike a top down view i would like to see for miles.

Nintendo did bulk of the work just borrow the breath of the wild engine and you got the starting framework of an open world Pokemon! all the wild animals in the engine be changed to pokemons

A Pokémon games have always been somewhat open world when it comes to the end game. I think having that option from the beginning would only make it more confusing for new players and series veterans alike.

I’m sure that it will get made, I don’t know if I would necessarily be a better Pokémon experience but it could be interesting.

This could work really well as an MMO or something, but I don't think it would work too well for a single player game as it would disrupt the progression that is a major part of Pokemon.

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