Back in 2012, just after the release of Pokémon Black and White, many fans were expecting Game Freak to announce a third version like they had done with past Pokémon games. However, the company averted expectations when a brand new set of games were announced: Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. Ever since then, Game Freak hasn't been consistent with releasing a third version of their games with each new generation. Now, Junichi Masuda has explained why they originally turned away from this tradition.
"A lot of people were expecting Pokémon Gray at the time, but the concept of Black and White was kind of these opposing forces – a yin-yang kind of thing. If we went with Gray, it would have moved away from that concept so we decided to keep the titles there." — Junichi Masuda
Since we haven't seen a third version of a Pokémon game since Platinum, it's safe to assume that Game Freak is no longer holding on to this pattern of release. And with the release of Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon later this year, it seems that the developers are more interested in making new stories in the same world rather than just expanding on elements of the old story.
What do you guys think? Did you enjoy Black 2 and White 2? Would you have preferred a third game like Pokémon Gray? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Source: Game Informer (via Nintendo Everything)