When the Pokemon Let’s Go games were announced this past spring, the large fanbase was decisively split. While most applauded the decision for a revamped HD graphics engine and the shift away from an increasingly obsolete 3DS system, many were disappointed at the seemingly distilled version of the world’s most beloved RPG franchise.
The integration of Pokemon Go mechanics was a turn off for most hardcore players, as they cited the removal of wild Pokemon battles and the new motion-based capture method as catering to newcomers and casuals of the series. Fortunately, gamers were appeased when game director Junichi Masuda announced that a “core” entry of the main RPG line will be released in 2019, essentially relegating the Let’s Go games to the realm of casual spinoffs.
Given the jump to a next-gen console, the question arises as to the fate of the gamers’ hard-earned Pokemon collections. In a response to Gamespot, Masuda stated that the development team is working on transfers between the Let’s Go games and the upcoming entry. In the past, the release of the Pokemon Bank streamlined the process, and mobile transfers with Pokemon Go have already been confirmed for the November flagship.
What about from the 3DS family to the Nintendo Switch? Once again, Masuda has assured the interviewer that though it might take some time to figure out, he understands the importance of keeping and using the Pokemon of generations past.
“I mean, obviously, people would be very sad if they couldn’t use their Pokemon in a future game. So, it does get complicated when you talk about the details and we’re still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokemon in the next game,” Masuda said.
Little is known about the next Pokemon game other than its confirmed release in 2019. Presumably, it will utilize the same polished graphics engine touted by the upcoming Let’s Go titles, but nothing concrete has been announced. However, it’s reassuring that despite the jump to a completely new platform, Masuda has not forgotten the necessary inclusivity of the older games.
Many gamers hold precious sentimental memories of the Pokemon that they’ve carried with them since the Gameboy era, so the team addressing the transfer question is a huge first step in recognizing the fan demands of the world’s largest media franchise.