That Pokemon MMORPG you've been praying for to your Satoshi Tajiri shrine for doesn't seem to be likely, according to producer Junichi Masuda. It just wouldn't be good for the franchise, so he believes.
We've all read in the history books that the original Pokemon concept was based on the idea of trading; Satoshi Tajiri saw the Link Cable for the GameBoy and, being the bug-collecting nerd he was, imagined bugs crawling down them. With the internet revolutionizing gaming as a worldwide affair as it has, Pokemon was undoubtedly pulled into this. Instead of crawling down the Link Cables, they now crawl through the tubes of the internet, with this being especially pertinent with the soon-to-be-released Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 versions.
Series producer Junichi Masuda isn't married to the idea of the game going all internet, though.
"It's much more enjoyable when you're talking in person," he said in an interview with Gamasutra. "So I think the best way is to have kind of both at the same time, being able to enjoy this kind of faraway communication, as well as having aspects that allow you to enjoy communication face-to-face and in-person communication."
To Masuda, the Pokemon series is a face-to-face affair, with the online implementations being just a bonus.
To lifelong fans, that idea could be heartwarming, considering the time spent in schools doing all the face-to-face battles and trading for hard-to-find Pokemon. Still, that nostalgia doesn't completely cloud the idea of how cool a Pokemon MMORPG would be.
But hey, they know what they're doing.
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 Versions will be available this Sunday, October 7, for the Nintendo DS.
Would you be interested in more expanded Pokemon online functionality? Maybe an MMORPG? Let us know in the comments!