Things must definitely be complicated for Game Freaks, the team behind the main entries in the Pokemon series. Trying to develop something outside of the series they have been developing for so many years must be though, but it is what the team is trying to do.
Speaking with Video Games Chronicles, Game Freaks’s Masayuki Onoue revealed that the team is always trying to create something that is equelly exciting, or more, than Pokemon.
There are two different production teams here, simply named Production Team 1 and Production Team 2. Team 1 is fully dedicated to Gear Project, while Team 2 is for the Pokémon operation.
What that means is that Game Freak as a company is prioritising Gear Project, which is production team number one, more than Pokémon in general. We are always trying to create something that is equally exciting, or more exciting than Pokémon.
Working on other projects also helps the Pokemon series as well, since what is learned in these projects is brought to the series.
When you’re a programmer working on Pokémon, you’re one of many programmers. However, as a director on Giga Wrecker the experience opened my eyes to the other aspects of game creation, all the way up to users playing the game.
I can now bring that knowhow back to the Pokémon team and try to create something different for Pokémon. It’s a good synergy between Gear Project and Pokémon creation.
The next entries in the Pokemon series, Pokemon Sword and Shield, will release later this year on Nintendo Switch.