Open-World Pokémon 'Still On The Cards', Gen 4 Added To Go
The Pokémon brand, whether it be the games, or the 'mons themselves, has evolved drastically over its 20-odd year life-span.
From the simple, classic Red and Blue Game Boy titles to the upcoming Let's Go Switch adventures, fans have enjoyed the rich Pokémon universe in nearly every way possible.
Although we dabble with spin-offs, such as Niantic's hit mobile title Pokémon Go (we'll get to that later), it's the 'core' series true fans are concerned with, and next year's unannounced instalment could offer a franchise first - open-world exploration.
Although Pokémon games have released almost every year since 1996, we've never enjoyed a true open-world title. The idea has even been teased by 'Mon bosses, such as Junichi Masuda, executive director and head of game development at Game Freak.
EuroGamer managed to poach Masuda regarding his previous open-world suggestions, and whether fans will ever catch 'em all in an open-world Switch game, similar to Breath of the Wild or Super Mario Odyssey.
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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It would be nice to know for certain, but what did you expect? For him to reveal Game Freak's most valuable secret? Of course not, but we do have some confirmed news to fuel your Pokémon fix.
Previously mentioned Pokémon Go welcomed its first batch of gen 4 Pokémon, from the Sinnoh region. A total of 107 new creatures will roll out in waves over the coming months, with October's edition offering 24 [via Forbes]. You can view each 'Mon, and how to catch them, just below:
Turtwig, Grotle, Torterra
Piplup, Prinplup, Empoleon
Chimchar, Monferno, Infernape
Starly, Staravia, Staraptor
Cricketot (2 km eggs), Kricketune
Riolu (10 km eggs)
Luxio (10 km eggs)
What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Let's Go? Would you like an open-world instalment? What about Gen 4? Let us know on Twitter.
Featured Image Credit: Niantic