The Return of Talking Time

Go Back   The Return of Talking Time > Talking about media > Talking about television games

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-14-2018, 11:12 PM
Ixo's Avatar
Ixo Ixo is offline
Accidental AvatarOverlord
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: TX
Posts: 460
Default Pokémon: Switching it up for Generation 8

All purpose news / speculation / wishful hoping thread for Gen 8.

Let’s start with some magazine shots from Twitter.



I’m hoping someone fluent in Spanish can help translate, but Google gives me this:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Google Translate
After a lifetime associated with portable consoles, the canonical side of Pokemon will jump to desktop with its eighth generation. Game Freak and The Pokemon Company are rethinking the saga to surprise with new mechanics, either in 2018 or later.
Well then. I’m not familiar with the magazine, and don’t recall anything from Nintendo yet, so set phasers to....”Cautiously Optimistic” I guess?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-15-2018, 06:38 AM
teg's Avatar
teg teg is offline
HP 50/150 █████▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: the Tim Hortons Capital of Canada
Posts: 9,244
Default

bring back custap berry you cowards
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-15-2018, 07:00 AM
Daikaiju's Avatar
Daikaiju Daikaiju is offline
King Of Space-Time
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 17,818
Default

Hoping this is a BotW or Odyssey level rethink.

Still gotta be careful. Japan loves their gaming traditions. Remember the fuss when there was talk of DQ being more action based?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-15-2018, 07:25 AM
Excitemike's Avatar
Excitemike Excitemike is offline
Space Prez
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 15,353
Default

It's nothing new, really. Game Freak has said the next installment would be for Switch, and "2018 or beyond" just means it will come out sometime between now and the end of time.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-15-2018, 11:46 AM
Dracula's Avatar
Dracula Dracula is online now
ドラクは死にました
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: DISVALLEY
Posts: 3,795
Default

Sun/Moon was a revelation for me in terms of refining the legacy elements of the Pokemon series. In my eyes it was the perfect version of what the original Game Freak team wanted for R/G/B. (Well...almost perfect. The online UI for SuMo was not great.)

In a way I feel similarly to what Link Between Worlds did for the Zelda series, in how it felt much like a stepping stone between a game style that'd become legacy and something entirely new.

Maybe we'll see something similar for Gen 8.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-15-2018, 01:10 PM
conchobhar's Avatar
conchobhar conchobhar is offline
[kɾoˈxuːɾ]
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Snowy climes of Canada
Posts: 2,851
Default

I don't know. The video game punditry has been predicting a "reboot" for a couple generations now, and it's never materialized. While it's possible that the success of Sun and Moon, as well as Breath of the Wild and Odyssey, will embolden GameFreak to experiment more, I'm extremely skeptical that it will be comparable to them. GameFreak is even more cautious than Nintendo proper, and has an unfortunate tendency to walk back many features and additions.

I'll just be happy if they stop aggressively railroading the player, and add a degree of non-linearity in which gym (or trial) to challenge first.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-15-2018, 01:52 PM
teg's Avatar
teg teg is offline
HP 50/150 █████▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: the Tim Hortons Capital of Canada
Posts: 9,244
Default

One of Pokémon's strongest tools is its backwards-compatibility. They broke it ONCE and it was a clusterfuck that took literal years to fix in a way that audiences found acceptable. Since then, Pokémon has been the gold-standard for futureproofing, and Game Freak by now has invested a lot of time and money into ensuring things stay that way (Pokémon Bank, for example). They clearly have no interest in implementing the kind of mechanical changes made between Gen II and III; much less the sweeping, dramatic retooling that critics call for every time a flash-in-the-pan franchise manages to borrow a fraction of Pokémon's audience during the series' brief refractory periods.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-15-2018, 03:17 PM
Excitemike's Avatar
Excitemike Excitemike is offline
Space Prez
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 15,353
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by teg View Post
...much less the sweeping, dramatic retooling that critics call for every time a flash-in-the-pan franchise manages to borrow a fraction of Pokémon's audience during the series' brief refractory periods.
Not that I think they will be changing mechanics too much, but you may be underselling just how badly Yo-Kai Watch had eaten Game Freak's lunch. While that franchise has certainly cooled by this point (and was a non-starter outside Japan) it was a lesson that they need to stay competitive. If anything, Pokemon's biggest competitor in 2018 is Pokemon Go.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
pokemon , pokey man

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Your posts ©you, 2007