The details may be a bit shallow, but an update is an update! Bloomberg Technology recently nabbed an interview with Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and chief executive officer of The Pokemon Company and producer of Pokemon. In it, Ishihara tackles the problems (and possible solutions) facing Pokemon GO, the potential for Pokemon’s realization on the Switch, and even the possibility of throwing augmented reality (AR) into the mix…eventually. However far off, the ideologies paint a relieving and refreshing direction for the series. Here’s a tidbit on Pokemon GO:
“We’ve only accomplished 10 percent of what Pokémon and Niantic are trying to do, so going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokémon experiences such as Pokémon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”
And on Pokemon for the Switch:
“Until now, games were made as one for one person, but now you can go home and play with everyone — so how do we tackle these themes, and how do we make sure it’s not complicated?”
But of all the topics covered in the interview, the full potential of AR could take Pokemon to a whole other level:
“With current AR, even if you say Pikachu is there, no one really thinks that. But that reality is just one step away. For example, you’ll be able to find Pikachu, and it can sense this table and jump on it, and you can see its shadow on the table, and then it faces you and starts talking to you. We will see the birth of this reality that is another step up from the current Pokémon GO. And I’ve only mentioned the visual aspect, but you can add haptic and rumble technology to that.”
“Switch is just one of the possible platforms. I think we will open up more possibilities from all these platforms. Playing in a more realistic way should be possible.”
I don’t know about you, but it seems like, one day, we’ll actually see Pokemon play on a non-Nintendo console. After nearly twenty years, it’d feel awkward playing any form of Pokemon on another console, but it may open a couple unexpected doors for the evolution of the series. Time will certainly tell. While it does, keep your eyes on EB for more updates as they roll out.
You can check out the full interview at the link down below.
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[via Bloomberg Technology]