According to Takato Utsunomiya, COO of The Pokémon Company, talks are under way on how to keep up with the games’ regular releases while also maintaining quality.
While Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet were well received from a gameplay standpoint, things came to a head last year when some fans expressed disappointment with the technical level. Performance and glitches were a particular problem. Months later, things still didn’t quite go where some players wanted.
Some believe that part of the problem affecting the Pokemon games comes down to the release schedule. Game Freak often puts out at least one game a year – 2023 is an exception, though Scarlet and Violet has had two rounds of notable DLC.
Utsunomiya said this in a group interview at the Pokémon World Championships:
“I think in general, if you look at the past, the path we’ve taken so far has been this constant release, we’ve always been releasing products regularly on a fairly steady kind of cadence, you might say. The way we’ve worked so far. I think we’re still working that way, but there are more and more conversations, as development environments change, about how we can continue to do that, while making sure we also ensure we deliver high-quality products.”
It’s worth noting that over the past 27 years, only seven games have gone by without a new mainline Pokémon game series. 2022 actually saw two major releases with Pokemon Legends: Arceus with Scarlet and Violet after that holiday.