Junichi Masuda, who is a producer working on the Pokemon series at Nintendo, has revealed that there are currently no plans to create a persistent online game that uses the well-known characters and mechanics of the series.
Speaking to Gamasutra as part of a larger interview, the developer stated, “I really like online connectivity, but for example, we're having this phone call right now, and it's really cool that we can communicate with each other from two really faraway places. But at the same time, it would also be really great if we could talk in person.”
He added, “It's much more enjoyable when you're talking in person. So I think the best way is to have kind of both at the same time, being able to enjoy this kind of faraway communication, as well as having aspects that allow you to enjoy communication face-to-face and in-person communication.”
Despite the fact that an online world is not a priority for Pokemon games, Masuda accepts the fact that more players are interested in facing other persons rather than computer-driven opponents.
Trading, which is one of the core mechanics of the series, is better when two persons are involved because they can use different tactics and rushes to get the results they want.
Pokemon Black & White 2
, which is set to soon launch on Western markets, includes more communication options and makes it easier for players to trade content and play together.
The game will be offered on the Nintendo DS line of handhelds and can be played on the new 3DS, despite the fact that it includes no three-dimensional content.
Pokemon has traditionally been a success on mobile platforms and Nintendo has announced no plans to bring the series to the new Wii U home console
, which will be out on markets before the end of the year.