After Scarlet and Violet, Pokémon Needs to Take a Break
Staff, 2022-11-27 11:00:19,
By now you’ve probably heard Pokémon Scarlet and Violet run about as well as a Slowpoke with three of its four legs broken. With pop-in, textures, and frame rates envious of GameCube games, the latest Pokémon adventure hardly lives up to the standard other games have set on Nintendo Switch, despite setting a Nintendo sales record of more than 10 million units in three days. This has left fans criticizing developer Game Freak and The Pokémon Company (of which Game Freak is an owner) both politely and otherwise for Scarlet and Violet’s astonishingly bad performance. So for the long-term health of the franchise, one thing has become clear: Game Freak needs to chill for two or three years.
Of course, the state of Scarlet and Violet isn’t all doom and Gloom — many, myself included, have found the Terastalize mechanic quite the cool new gimmick. Discovering Pokémon throughout the open world is a mechanic I can’t find much fault with either, nor do I have an issue with the three-story approach the game takes. And competitive Pokémon promises to be healthier than ever.
It’s unclear why the developers are struggling on the technical end. Maybe they’re too stubborn to seek help from other developers the same way Monolith Soft helped Nintendo EPD develop The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, or the jump from the 3DS to the Switch has been too much to handle. Or perhaps they simply don’t care — according to Japanese news website Oricon, The Pokémon Company…
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