It's been just over 20 years since Game Freak first delighted the world with a strange and exciting new series called Pokémon. All this time later, it's still one of the biggest franchises ever, and it's arguably more popular than ever thanks to the success of Niantic's mobile hit Pokémon GO. Now Game Freak is hoping to bridge the gap between audiences new and old, and if they're successful, it could lead to another 20 years of Pokémon.
Pokémon producer Junichi Masuda continued his packed interview tour with a recent discussion with The Verge. Masuda briefly touched on the success of Pokémon GO and the importance of it being timed alongside the 20th anniversary of the series. Moving on to the future of the historic franchise, Masuda indicated that Let's Go could be the key to everything.
"The biggest thing I feel with Let's Go is really hoping that it's going to serve as sort of a base or starting point for the next 20 years of Pokémon, I really think it's important that Pokémon continues to be a positive force in the world — makes people happier, enriches their lives through a variety of ways. But I don't think it needs to be a consistent, unchanging experience necessarily. I think there's still a lot of room to explore variety, not only through the main series of games but also through the more spin-off titles." — Junichi Masuda
Masuda isn't necessarily saying that Let's Go will become the new norm, but rather that it opens the franchise up to new possibilities. If there's one thing Pokémon has definitely taught us, it's that sometimes you need to evolve. That said, Masuda has also previously indicated that the Pokémon: Let's Go brand could become its own series. In that scenario, the more traditional "core" games would likely continue alongside it, giving fans lots of options.
Source: The Verge