Pokemon For Switch Is Helped By Ultra Sun And Moon, Says Dev

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Game Freak is currently developing at least three Pokemon games: Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, and Pokemon for Nintendo Switch. The developer, of course, wants to make the best games it can, but with so many projects on the go and only limited resources, you would think each game would have the potential to hinder the development of the others. However, in an interview with GameSpot, the developer explained how making Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is actually helping development of the upcoming Switch title.

"Of course we have a limited number of staff available to us, but we have a very varied staff within the company," Ultra Sun and Moon producer Shigeru Ohmori said. "We have younger staff members and also veterans who have been working on the series for a long time, very technically gifted staff members. We want to use these staff in the best way possible. For example this time with Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon we can treat it mainly as a project for our younger staff to work on and grow and develop their skills, while perhaps the more veteran, established members of the company can work on the upcoming [Switch] project.

"That's an approach we often take: having a growth-based project for younger staff members and then a new project for the existing veterans. Using this project management style ensures all of our projects have a positive effect on one another as they go."

However, it's not all whipper-snappers working on the upcoming 3DS games. Ohmori went on to say that series veteran Shigeki Morimoto--who has been with the company since the Pokemon Red and Blue era--is working on the battle system for Ultra Sun and Moon.

The upcoming games' director, Kazumasa Iwao, then added, "We always have veterans--really experienced people--involved on the quality control side of things, so we make sure the quality we expect and want to deliver with Pokemon is always there."

Elsewhere in our interview, Game Freak explained why Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon aren't coming to Nintendo Switch and stated which of the two games you should buy. The games, meanwhile, launch for 3DS on November 17, featuring an "alternate" story and some new Pokemon. If you're still playing the base games, however, you can check out all the free Pokemon and items you can get in Pokemon Sun and Moon right now.

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I think that is a pretty smart way of setting up the teams. While there are people that are looking forward to Ultra Sun/Moon. I think the main focus is going to fall on the Switch Pokemon game, as there is a lot of expectation there. HD, 3D instead of 2.5D, other expectations.

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I really hope that Pokemon step up to the mark with the pokemon switch [insert actual title here]. With what we have seen the system is now capable of, from the likes of BotW for example.

I should imagine Pokemon are aware fans and Switch owners are looking for a big step away from the 2d [or that 2.5 bulls**t] style of artwork. It has been the core iconic game style of the series since forever, but has also been the main hinderance to the franchise. I cant be the only person who are asking for high detail/fluid Pokemon [Pokken Tournament] in an open world game.

Being a fan since Blue and Red, I have felt let down from Pokemon in the last few years. I was hopeful with sun and moon, but was actually really disappointed. Iv come to accept, after a lot of reluctance, the sequels are mere cash-cows and a £40 punch in the face. The Altra [insert game] is the first sequel I wont be buying, so for me, if Pokemon Switch doesn't come close to my level of expectation then it may be the last time I buy into the core pokemon franchise.

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@rarecandy1: Yeah everyone wants this. The handhelds held it back with their power, time for Pokemon to shine!!

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Yeah, BotW and MO have shifted a few units- but when Pokémon Switch launches... the game will have changed, even if the players are the same.

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I'm so eager to figure out what this Switch game is already! Is it a remake or a new generation? Is it a Pokemon Colosseum kind of title? All we have learned so far is that it's not an Ultra Sun / Moon version.

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Not much interested in Pokemon myself, but it will send sales through the roof, which means even more 3rd party developers jumping on board.

So Pokemon is about the best thing after Mario that can happen to Switch. Nintendo really got their shit together this time round, it's nice to see a come back and an alternative to the power blocks for once.

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